MONDAY: September 23, 2019: IT was good karma!
Hawkesbury trainer Daniel Robinson and his wife Alexandra purchased a Eurozone colt out of the Pendragon mare That’s Karma for $27,000 at the 2017 Adelaide Magic Millions yearling sale with the intention of preparing him for sale as an early two-year-old at the Inglis Ready 2 Race sale in Sydney later in the year.
The couple opted not to sell him and at Orange today, racing as a gelding and named Karmazone, he repaid them by winning on debut.
In the process, Robinson underlined his horsemanship by getting the now four-year-old ready for a first-up tilt at the 1400m Maiden Handicap.
Ridden by Shaun Guymer, Karmazone ($10) carried his 59kg topweight to a gutsy victory, narrowly defeating the $2.40 favorite Vigoroso, to whom he conceded 2.5kg.
Robinson deflected praise on his training performance to win first-up over 1400m with a debutant, preferring to acknowledge the contribution of his wife Alexandra and his staff.
“Alexandra rides Karmazone every day; he is her favorite horse,” he said on his way home. “And our staff have done a great job.
“I nominated him for a Provincial & Country Maiden Handicap (1300m) at Hawkesbury on Thursday, but was confident he could win the Orange race even though it was slightly longer.”
Robinson said Magic Million’s Tim Brown supplied he and his wife with a short list of colts he liked at the 2017 Adelaide sale.
“Karmazone was one of the cheapest we looked at and we bought him,” he said. “We had planned to get him ready for the Ready 2 Race sale, but took a liking to him when we got him home and decided to keep him.
“He had a little setback early on and being our own horse, we didn’t push him and gave him plenty of time in the paddock.”
Robinson trialled Karmazone twice in April before turning him out, and got him ready for his Orange debut with a third in a 1000m trial at Hawkesbury on September 9.
The Robinsons’ main business is breaking-in and pre-training at Orchard Hills under their DPR Breaking banner.
He has a small handful of horses in work and will monitor Karmazone’s progress over the next few days before planning his next start.
Karmazone is the second foal of his dam That’s Karma, who won three races in Queensland – two of them in Brisbane – when prepared by Rob Heathcote.
HOOFNOTE: Expatriate Englishman Robinson rode for a time on the flat in his native country before increasing weight forced him to try riding over the jumps, which he wasn’t as keen on.
He took out his NSW training licence at the start of last season and notched his first success with Dexluther ($7) in a Class 1/Maiden Plate (2000m) at Bathurst on December 22.
As he did with Karmazone at Orange, Robinson also upset another favorite Triplicate ($1.80) that day.