Riccarton-based owner-trainer Taylor Burnett couldn’t be happier with his $2,500 gavelhouse.com purchase Gifted.
Having bought the Alamosa mare in May 2018, the now five-year-old took her earnings to almost $46,000 since her move to the South with a gritty victory at Ashburton yesterday.
Off the back of a win less than a fortnight ago at Riccarton Park, Gifted proved once again just how tough she really is, leading the entire 1600m trip to beat her rivals home by a long neck.
“It was a great performance from her,” offered Burnett.
“Going into the race the track was probably a little bit firm to what she prefers.”
Apprentice rider Tanya Jonker has struck up a solid relationship with the mare, piloting her to all three of her Southern wins with Burnett attributing her intuition as part of yesterday’s success “Having lead the entire trip was a different way of racing for her but Tanya knows the horse well and that was where she was happiest.”
“She has pulled up really well, she came home and ate up all her dinner. It’s like she hasn’t raced.”
“We are still aiming for Grand National week with her but for now she will have the next couple of days off and come August, we will see how she is feeling and go from there.”
Gifted was sold on account of Wellfield Lodge having won one for Kevin Gray and is out of the stakes-placed Groom Dancer mare Her Hidden Talent.
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