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Promising apprentice Dylan Mo followed the pre-race blueprint laid out to him by trainer Paul Belsham perfectly to land handy stayer Slazenjah a comprehensive winner of the El Cheapo Cars Sponsored Raukawa Cup (2100m) at Otaki on Saturday.
Belsham was confident of a winning performance from his charge after the five-year-old gelding had put in an eye-catching run for fourth at Hastings at his last start. Belsham engaged the Hong Kong native Mo, who is indentured to Taranaki trainer Allan Sharrock, with the view to putting his three kilogram claim to work during the concluding stages of Saturday’s contest.
|Slazenjah photo: Race Images Palmerston North|
"Lisa (Allpress) got off him after the Hastings run and said he would win his next start,” explained Belsham.
“He has really improved since that run so I was confident he would go well on Saturday and with Dylan claiming three kilograms he got in to the race on a very light weight.
“I said to Dylan to get across them at the start and let him find a rhythm. He is a very good chaser when the speed is on so I said if they want to come around you to let them and then put the pressure on coming to the corner as he will keep going strongly and has no weight on his back.”
Mo did exactly that as he led early then trailed behind Zartan who set up a solid tempo in front during the middle stages of the event. Mo slid his charge forward to attack with 600 metres to run and after assuming control held out all challenges to win from a fast finishing Saint Kitt with race favourite Blathwayt in third.
“He rode him perfectly and when he was in front up the straight I was pretty confident he could hold on,” said Belsham.
“He is a pretty good stayer in the making as he can run along near the speed and has a kick so I think he can win a nice race during this campaign.
“He will go to the Feilding Gold Cup at the end of month next and after that I’m keen to tackle the Wanganui Cup on his home track.
“That’s a race I’ve always wanted to win as winning a big race on your home patch is always a very special thrill.” - NZ Racing Desk