Gallant gelding Heptagon (NZ) has maintained winning form under top-weight of 61.5kgs in the Brian Beattie Hcp (1420m) at Flemington.
The 6yo son of Roselee Park sire Jimmy Choux has now won three races in succession and took his career tally to 10 victories from 31 starts and $533,190 in prizemoney on Saturday.
Prepared by Caulfield trainers Mick Price and Michael Kent (Jnr), the duo were quick to deflect praise to their staff based at Warrnambool. “We don’t take any credit,” Kent said. “It’s all credit to our team at Warrnambool. They do a great job with this horse.
“He’s at the beach in the mornings and back in the paddock in the daytime. It really seems to suit him. These horses really suit that environment, they wouldn’t cope as well at Caulfield and he’s in career-best form.”
Kent also praised the ride of Dean Yendall who retained the mount after winning the Swan Hill Cup (1600m) on the gelding, despite the lightweight jockey having a hefty lead bag. “It was a perfect ride. He saved ground on the fence and the horse is in fantastic order.”
After completing a hat-trick at Flemington, Heptagon will be seen back at headquarters in a fortnight for the Listed Taj Rossi Series Final (1600m). “He was strong through the line today over 1400m,” Yendell said. “It didn’t worry him at all coming back in distance from the mile at Swan Hill.”
Heptagon was conceived in Jimmy Choux’s first book at Rich Hill Farm in NZ. He transferred to Wayne and Tracy Rodwell’s Roselee Park in Serpentine last year.
Jimmy Choux (Thorn Park) is also the sire of Group 1 star The Bostonian and this year’s G2 Waikato Guineas winner Two Illicit. He will stand for a $4,500 (plus GST) fee this year alongside Vital Equine (Ire).
Vital Equine’s latest maiden winner Classy Macro looked a promising type scoring by six lengths at Pinjarra last week and he’s been nominated for Belmont’s midweek meeting on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Vital Equine’s G2 Perth Cup winner Material Man is back with trainer Justin Warwick at Myalup. “I missed him like a brother when he went to Victoria,” Warwick said. “I’m confident he can return to form next season and we will get him ready for the Kingston Town Classic.”