Racing: Colt casts spell over rivals

Wyndspelle races into NZ Derby contention as he sweeps past pacemaker Shocking Luck to win yesterday's Waikato Guineas. Photo / Trish Dunell
Wyndspelle races into NZ Derby contention as he sweeps past pacemaker Shocking Luck to win yesterday's Waikato Guineas. Photo / Trish Dunell

An inside gate was all that was needed for Wyndspelle to show that he is a match for the best of his age group.

Co-trainer Donna Logan has never lost faith in the colt, who yesterday triumphed in the group two Darci Brahma Waikato Guineas to post his first success since he won on the track 12 months ago.

"He deserved that " he has been unlucky on so many occasions and had a run of bad barriers," Logan said.

"We were quietly confident. From the draw he got a beautiful trip and a beautiful ride and got the job done."

Runner-up in last season's group one Diamond Stakes, Wyndspelle is now a $9 chance for the group one Vodafone New Zealand Derby.

"We'll have a think about things, but he might just go straight into the Derby," said Logan, who prepares the Iffraaj colt with Chris Gibbs.

"He can switch off and show a kick and not many can do that. He's not a big horse, but he's got a big motor - and a big heart."

Wyndspelle was settled behind the leading pack on the fence by rider Jason Waddell and when the gaps opened in the straight they quickly asserted their superiority.

They went strongly to the post to beat the pacemaker Shocking Luck by half a length with Lincoln Blue a solid third ahead of Cha Siu Bao.

The group one Levin Classic winner Hall Of Fame finished fifth and looked to have his chance and Highlad ran seventh after racing keenly.

- NZ Racing Desk

- NZ Herald

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