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Destiny’s Kiss returned to vintage form to record an impressive victory in the 2016 Gosford Cup yesterday.
Destiny’s Kiss failed to fire in both the Group 3 Bill Ritchie Handicap (1400m) at Royal Randwick on September 19 and October Handicap (1400m) at the same venue on October 10 during the 2015 Spring Racing Carnival, but he returned to the races with a good third in the December Handicap (1600m) on Boxing Day and he was heavily backed in the lead-up to the Gosford Cup.
Jason Collett elected to ride Destiny’s Kiss with plenty of confidence in the early stages of the race and the seven-year-old was settled in the third pair at the tail of the field, but the in-form timed his run perfectly and the son of Power Of Destiny finished over the top of Award Season to record his first race win in over 18 months.
Pride was confident that Destiny’s Kiss would be able to get the job done in the Gosford Cup and he was quick to pay credit to Collett – who he believes will be one of the best jockeys in Sydney in a couple of years’ time.
“Destiny’s Kiss was nicely in at the weights today,” Pride told the media after the race.
“He had his ‘game face’ on.
“I said to Jason he needed to be patient.
“The horse has got the best turn of foot in the race and he’s the best stayer in the race anyway.
“He’s a very patient rider Jason.
“In a couple of years’ time he’s got the patience of someone like Hugh Bowman.”
Collett rode Destiny’s Kiss when he returned to the races in the December Handicap – in what was his first race ride on the gelding that he has partnered in barrier trials on several occasions.
The talented hoop was delighted with the feel that he received from Destiny’s Kiss and he said after the race that he knew he had the race wrapped up very early in proceedings.
“We had that one a long way out,” Collett said.
“I was pretty confident.
“The turn of foot he had was far superior today.”
Dream Folk was clearly the unlucky runner in the 2016 Gosford Cup, but he was still able to hit the line strongly to finish third behind Destiny’s Kiss and Award Season.
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