Kaphero colt goes Kapow at Cranbourne

Our Kapow is a work in progress but was still good enough to give his rivals a galloping lesson at Cranbourne on Sunday.

The Kaphero youngster sat outside front-runner Rubinstein and then powered clear to score by more than three lengths in the TAB iPad App Maiden Plate (1200m).

Our Kapow (2c Kaphero – Anna Dana by Chester House) was racing second-up after a sighter at Moonee Valley earlier this month.  “He looks a promising colt and is still learning what it’s all about,” trainer Ken Keys said.  “We’re teaching him to relax and that will come with more racing.”

Keys has the option of another start in the Super VOBIS 2YO Hcp (1200m) at Caulfield next Wednesday, July 3.  Or he may wait for a similar event over 1400m at Flemington on July 20.

“I would prefer Flemington but he will back up at Caulfield if I feel it will help his education.  He’s a good sprinter-miler in the making.”

Our Kapow is by Swettenham Stud freshman Kaphero from USA bred mare Anna Dana who was stakes placed in Kentucky.  Second dam Mount Helena (Danzig) is a half-sister to champion sire Street Cry.

Anna Dana has a yearling colt by Kaphero, a filly foal by Equiano and she is due again to Master Of Design in October.

Keys and his wife Louise bought Our Kapow for $110,000 from the Swettenham consignment at the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.  “He was a favourite among the Swettenham staff at Oaklands and a few of them chipped in to be a part of the syndicate,” Keys said.  “He’s a good-looking colt and we’ve had a bit of luck with Swettenham horses.”

Keys part-owns and trains Swettenham graduate Boom ‘n’ Zoom (Dash For Cash) who has parlayed a $40,000 price-tag into earnings of $293,000.  His victory in the 2011 Cranbourne Cup helped fill the kitty for Our Kapow.

Kaphero (Danzero) stands at Swettenham for a $6,600 (inc gst) service fee.  Two of his second crop colts made $80,000 at the 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale in March and his first winner arrived a week later when Kappytain scored on debut at the Sunshine Coast.

– Karl Patterson