David Harrison’s consistent galloper Pininci scored the upset of the day at Belmont Park on Saturday when the double figure roughie defeated odds-on favourite Smoko in the 2014 Beaufine Stakes.
Ross & Clint Price’s Snitzel four-year-old Smoko jumped $1.60 to win this year’s $100,000 Listed Beaufine Stakes (1000m) after winning their opening five career starts.
The sprint star however suffered their first loss when jockey Patrick Carbery rode $41 outsider Pininci to a one length victory over William Pike’s mount that lost few admirers after getting caught three-wide.
In third finishing off the Beaufine Stakes trifecta another half length away was then the longest priced hope in the race, Recode ($51).
Now a winner of six of their 25 career starts, Pins five-year-old Pininci came off a close third over the same track and distance behind Blacksmith in a Benchmark 72+ two weeks before.
They also enjoyed a win before that over the 1000m at Belmont and so boast a nice record at the course.
The 1000m specialist was blocked for a run on straightening in their June 28 lead-up but had a clearer run on Saturday in the Beaufine where they also appreciated a drop back from 56kg to the 54kg minimum.
Harrison, who also combined with jockey Carbery last year for the Beaufine Stakes win with Settle Strada, is now planning more black-type racing for Pininci who is likely to garget the $100,000 HG Bolton Sprint (1200m) on July 26 followed by the $100,000 Belmont Newmarket (1200m) on August 9.
If all goes well they will then be sent on a Perth Summer Racing Carnival campaign at Ascot including a run in the $100,000 Listed Summer Scorcher (1000m) at WA’s premier track on New Year’s Day.
“He’s always been considered a 1000-metre horse,” Harrison told The West Australian on Saturday.
“But he finished strongly today and I think he’s ready to win over 1200 metres.
“After the Belmont Newmarket, his long-term aim will be the Summer Scorcher.”
See below for the full Beaufine Stakes 2014 results.
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2014 Beaufine Stakes Results & Finishing Order
Belmont Race 6 – 12/07/2014
|1||6||PININCI||David Harrison||Patrick Carbery||–||1||54kg||$41|
|2||9||SMOKO||Ross & Clint Price||William Pike||1L||9||54kg||$1.60F|
|3||7||RECODE||Adam Durrant||Peter Knuckey||1.5L||5||54kg||$51|
|4||1||MAGNIFISIO||Jim P Taylor||Jason Brown||1.75L||3||58.5kg||$3.90|
|5||2||CELEBRITY MISS||Grant Williams||Brad Parnham||2.75L||10||54kg||$10|
|6||4||DUETON||Eric Wake||Shaun Mc Gruddy||3L||4||54kg||$18|
|7||5||MODELLO||Lindsey Smith||Shaun Meeres||4.25L||2||54kg||$31|
|8||10||SOLDIER’S LASS||Daniel Morton||Shaun O’Donnell||4.75L||8||54kg||$31|
|9||8||ROUGE DIOR||Robert Harvey||Troy Turner||5.25L||6||54kg||$26|
|10||3||COMFYSOFA||Simon A Miller||Jason Whiting||6L||7||54kg||$31|