Talented sprinter Cape Kidnappers held off a fast-finishing Big Money and a brave Rocky King to score his second straight race win in the 2014 Lightning Handicap at Eagle Farm this afternoon.
Trainer Kelly Schweida said earlier in the week that he was worried Cape Kidnappers might be outpaced in the early stages of the Lightning Handicap, but the Commands gelding was able to settle in a lovely position just behind the leaders Adebisi and Rocky King.
Cape Kidnappers took a while to respond when asked for an extra effort by jockey Damian Browne at the 350 metre mark, but was able to hit the front at the 100 metre mark and held off Big Money, who flashed home late on the inside.
Browne gave Cape Kidnappers a perfect ride, but was quick to pay credit to Schweida who has done a fantastic job with the injury-plagued galloper.
“Full credit to Kelly and his team,” Browne said.
“I had a beautiful run in behind Adebisi and they went quick and this horse is always strong at the finish.
“It was pretty dominant and he probably still has improvement in him too.
“He is an outstanding animal, we are probably never going to see the best of him because of his problems and anything that they can get with him is a bonus.”
Schweida revealed that he had done very little with Cape Kidnappers since his victory in the Listed Chief De Beers Quality (1110) at Doomben on May 24, in order to keep the six-year-old fresh enough to win the Lightning Handicap over 1000 metres this afternoon.
The veteran trainer confirmed that Cape Kidnappers would make his Group racing debut in the W.J. Healy Stakes (1200m) at Eagle Farm on June 21 and he is tipping that the classy galloper will produce an better performance over 1200 meters.
“He has done no work at all, he has just been swimming, and were trying to keep his legs a bit fresh because we were worried that he was starting to get a bit fitter and looking for the 1200,” Schweida said.
“I am very proud of him and I think that he was going to win a long way from home, even though the second horse was a good run.
“We love him and I just hope that he pulls up good.
“He will definitely run in the Healy if he pulls up good and something like the Ramornie could be a possibility.”
Cape Kidnappers has now scored nine wins from 13 career starts, despite a number of vets saying that he would never race again after he suffered an injury during his autumn preparation in 2012.