Final Touch cruises home in Captain Cook

Final Touch (NZ) has a future across the Tasman in the wake of her Group 1 success in the Captain Cook Stakes (1600m) at Trentham on Saturday.

The Balcairn based mare is trained by John and Karen Parsons and they also bred and own her.  “Chris Waller is very keen for her to go to Australia,” Karen said.  “She’s battling in handicaps here and is restricted to weight-for-age races so there’s a good chance she will head there.”

Final Touch (5m Kashani – My Lydia by Umatilla) had been a four-time stakes winner and she bridged the gap to the elite level with ease.  Ridden with confidence by Chris Johnson, she cruised to the lead 150 metres from home and comfortably accounted for the dead-heaters Mufhasa (Pentire) and Lady Kipling (Savabeel).

“I was dead-set confident and all she needed was a bit of luck in the running,” Parsons said.  “This is the first time we’ve had her spot on – she’s a dream horse.”

Final Touch is by Danzig stallion Kashani who was pensioned from stud duties at Highview Stud last year.  He has sired 270 winners at a 68% strike-rate and his best result before the Captain Cook was Kainui Belle’s G2 victory in the Eight Carat Classic.