Carmenere Rings In The New Year

Jan 03, 2016

Carmenere gave his owners a fantastic reason to celebrate the New Year when notching up his second career victory with a gutsy win at Doomben on New Years Day. The ever consistent four year old, having his third start back from a spell and second try at 1600m showed a gritty determination to hit the line and a bright staying future.

"This horse is as honest as they day is long and it was a big effort for him today and a great way for our stable to start 2016," Herne said.

"I think he's going to be nice stayer next preparation and today's win was a good stepping stone towards that. He's got enough race experience now and he's learnt to settle well so when he gets up over 2000m he should be able to get a good position and relax for a strong finish."

Carmenere was sent out as second favourite after a last start fourth over the same distance. He jumped well and settled at the rear of the field. Jockey Brad Pengelly started to make his move at the 600m and weaved his way to the front by the 100m but had to fight out the finish with race favourite St Cajetan as they went head and head for the final 50m.

"I was confident he could win today," Herne said.

"He raced really well last start. I threw him on the deep end a bit, stepping him up to 1600m after his first up effort over 1200. I couldn't really find a suitable race for him so I knew he would be vulnerable and that's exactly what happened as he peaked on his run at the 100. That race topped him off nicely for this assignment and he was strong to the line today.

"He's been a great horse for Blair and his First Up Racing crew. He hasn't missed a cheque his whole career and was super consistent last prep when racing in races that were probably a bit short for him but he was learning his trade and it was hard to go past those big prize money maidens they had on offer. He'll work through his grades now and pick up a bit more experience but I definitely think he'll make Saturday grade as a stayer in the future."

Carmenere has now won two races and placed four times from seven starts, clocking up just under $60,000 for connections.