Opaki-based trainer Andrew Campbell was rewarded for bringing Cauthen (NZ) to Te Rapa on Wednesday although he expects to travel further with the highly regarded juvenile in the future.
The son of Darci Brahma lived up to his big reputation on debut with an effortless 8 length victory over Zanotti (Strategic Image) and Congressman (Conatus) in the Goldpine Maiden (1200m). “He’s always been a good horse and we have always thought a lot of him,” said Campbell post race. “It seems like we have been waiting a long time for him but he has shown us heaps!”
Jockey Buddy Lammas who also made the journey north for the ride was equally impressed. “He just cruised. He was a lovely horse at the trials and that’s why I drove for five hours to be here. And I will travel further if need be to ride him.”
Cauthen (2c Darci Brahma – Minori Express by Green Line Express) is raced by a syndicate headed by prominent Wellington-based owner Tommy Heptinstall and sports the same colours as top-drawer gallopers Tavistock, Sangster and Weismuller.
He is named after champion USA jockey Steve Cauthen and cost $85,000 from the draft of Wentwood Grange at the 2012 NZB Karaka yearling sale. “I’ll take credit for picking him,” said Campbell. “He is a lovely horse and the owner are a bloody great group of guys. They deserve all the success they get.”
Cauthen qualified to go to Hong Kong after his maiden, however, he may not end up there. “I hope they keep him, and we have talked about an Aussie campaign,” Campbell said. “He will have a couple of weeks in the paddock and I hope to run him in the Vain Stakes en route to the Caulfield Guineas.”