Kappytain scored a game win on debut at Sunshine Coast on Thursday and it was also a first for Swettenham Stud freshman Kaphero.
Kappytain (2f Kaphero – The Garter by Hennessy) did best in a duel with La Mina before digging deep in the Heavy 9 conditions to hold off the late charge of Shekou in the Hill Smith Maiden Plate (850m).
“It was a real good win considering she had never even worked on grass before,” local trainer Mick Mair said. “With all the wet weather up here, we’ve been restricted to the cushion track.
“The boys in the syndicate will be keen to push on now that she’s won but I might tip her out. She’s still very green and I will wait to see how she pulls up before making a decision.”
Kappytain races for a partnership managed by Doug Cameron who has raced numerous winners with Mair over the years. She is QTIS qualified and collected $15,000 in prizemoney and bonuses on debut.
The Kaphero filly is the first foal to race from The Garter who failed to win in 7 starts for the late Tony Wildman and he also trained second dam Avarice (Cardell) to 6 wins in Sydney in the 1990s.
There’s plenty improvement to come according to Mair. “Kel (Wharton) jumped off and said she got lost in front. She’s easy to work with and should come back a lovely filly as a three year-old.”
Kaphero (Danzero) stood for an $8,000 service fee at Swettenham Stud last year and he is coming off a successful Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale where two of his second crop colts made $80,000.
– Karl Patterson