SUNDAY: October 13, 2019: DANIEL Robinson has a promising horse on his hands – and intends to look after him.
Karmazone, a lightly-raced four-year-old, made it two wins from as many starts with an impressive performance at Canberra last Friday.
But his Hawkesbury trainer is in no rush to chase a hat-trick with him.
“I’m tipping him out for a break,” Robinson said today. “I’m a great believer in spelling a horse before they let you know they are ready for one.”
Robinson and his wife Alexandra purchased Karmazone for $27,000 at the 2017 Magic Millions yearling sale in Adelaide with the intention of getting him ready to sell at the Inglis Ready 2 Race sale as an early two-year-old later that year in Sydney.
But it didn’t happen – and the couple is happy about that.
The Robinsons took a shine to Karmazone when he arrived at their Orchard Hills property – where they operate a breaking-in and pre-training business under their DPR Breaking banner - and changed plans.
When Karmazone had a little setback early on and being their own horse, they gave him plenty of time in the paddock.
The Eurozone gelding didn’t make his debut until September 23 when he won an Orange Maiden Handicap (1400m) under 59kg at $10.
Karmazone again started at good odds ($8) at Canberra, and made easy work of jumping straight to a Class 1 Handicap (1400m).
Ridden by James Innes Jnr, he came from last with an overpowering run to score by more than two lengths from $3.10 favorite Single Story.
It was a real family affair, as Alexandra Robinson was Karmazone’s personal attendant at Canberra.
“Alexandra does a lot of work with the horse, and the rewards are coming,” Robinson said.
“Karmazone pulled up brilliantly, but by giving him a break now, I’m hopeful he will come back even better and perhaps manage even longer trips.”
. Robinson, who rode over both the flat and jumps in his native England, took out his NSW training licence at the beginning of last season.
He has now won four races – two with Karmazone and two with Dexluther, who gave him his initial success at Bathurst on December 22 last year.
. Hawkesbury apprentice Qin Yong, indentured to leading Hawkesbury trainer Brad Widdup, is also in winning form.
He landed a double at the Forbes TAB meeting yesterday – and one of them was for a Hawkesbury connection.
He scored on Enigami ($3.80) for Hawkesbury co-trainers Tara and Philippe Vigouroux in the Benchmark 58 Handicap (1100m) for fillies and mares, and also on Proudest Moment ($4) in the Class 2 Handicap (1300m) for Dubbo trainer Michael Lunn.
The Forbes double lifted Qin Yong’s Australian winners to 32. He resumed riding only in late July after a six months’ hiatus when he returned to his native China.
Qin Yong scored on Miss Leah at Parkes on August 17, and then We Could Be Heroes for Team Vigouroux at Hawkesbury a fortnight later.
Enigami is a nine-year-old mare who has now won eight of her 67 starts, and she has also been placed on 23 occasions.
Raced by Philippe Vigouroux in partnership with his father-in-law, Hawkesbury Race Club chairman Ken Quigley, Enigami’s first win was just over five years ago in a Cessnock Maiden (1100m).
Team Vigouroux, who had an outstanding 2018-19 season with 15 winners, scored twice with We Could Be Heroes in August (the first was at Kembla Grange on the 8th) prior to Enigami’s Forbes success.