Talented juvenile Pinch River returned to racing with an impressive front-running victory in the 2014 Dalrello Stakes at Doomben this afternoon.
Pinch River drew barrier 14 for the Listed event, but had no trouble getting across to the front of the field and jockey Damien Browne was able to control the tempo in the early stages of the race.
The Denman gelding kicked three lengths clear coming around the turn and never looked like being caught; finishing strongly to record a comfortable two lengths win from the fast-finishing Thief Of Hearts and Kelvin The Kruel.
Pinch River started his racing career with two impressive wins and was talked about as a Magic Millions Classic contender, but the two-year-old tired badly in both the Group 3 B.J. McLachlan Stakes (1200m) at Doomben on December 28 and the Magic Millions Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast on January 11.
Browne admitted that Pinch River had gone on the boil at the end of his maiden campaign, but believes that the gelding has plenty of talent and can provide connections with a number of race wins.
“His first couple of starts were terrific, but he just sort of lost his way going into the Magic Millions,” Browne said.
“Rob (Heathcote) has freshened him up and bought him back and had him primed for today.
“He has got plenty of speed and we were able to use that and he is a genuine horse and I am sure that they are going to have a lot of fun with him.”
Browne will partner Angel Of Mercy in the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) this afternoon and is hoping that the talented mare can produce an improved effort after failing to fire on a wet track in the Group 2 Hollindale Stakes (1800m) at the Gold On May on 3.
“On top of the ground she will be a different horse today,” Browne said.
“She is probably going to have to step-up to be competitive, but I hope that she does.”
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2014 Dalrello Stakes Results
|1||2||PINCH RIVER||Robert Heathcote||Damian Browne||–||14||56.5kg||$6.50|
|2||12||THIEF OF HEARTS||Stuart Kendrick||James McDonald||2.3L||1||56.5kg||$15|
|3||14||KELVIN THE KRUEL||Les Ross||Glen Colless||2.8L||10||56.5kg||$11|
|4||5||GOODBYE KEVIN||Anthony Honess||Blake Shinn||2.9L||2||56.5kg||$3.80F|
|5||9||MEGA D’ORO||Steele Ryan||Anthony Allen (a)||5.2L||3||56.5kg||$51|
|6||8||BOUDIN BLANC||Barry Lockwood||Ric McMahon||5.3L||12||56.5kg||$81|
|7||10||MIDNIGHT ALLURE||Ben Currie||Brent Evans||5.4L||6||56.5kg||$151|
|8||3||VIENNA ROYALE||Tony Gollan||Jim Byrne||5.8L||9||56.5kg||$7|
|9||13||RUNKLE||Gary Portelli||Chris Munce||7.1L||11||56.5kg||$11|
|10||7||VELOZ||Peter Overell||Ryan Wiggins||7.6L||7||56.5kg||$7.50|
|11||4||OUR ROCK O’REILLY||Pat Duff||Brad Stewart||8.9L||4||56.5kg||$17|
|12||6||TRUE ROYAL||Jason McLachlan||Michael Cahill||10.9L||8||56.5kg||$26|
|13||11||RED CLAW||John, Dan & Chris Meagher||Timothy Bell||14.9L||13||56.5kg||$51|
|14||1||BASSILLIQUE||Toby Edmonds||Nash Rawiller||21.2L||5||56.5kg||$9|