Besotted continued his march towards a New Zealand Cup start with a effortless win in tonight’s 5 Win & Faster Pace at Alexandra Park. But, the greatly improved son of American Ideal may have a touch of work to do yet.
The Ray Green trained five-year-old, who was somehow only ranked 25th when the initial rankings were released, had climbed to 19th on the table before tonight’s win, which is sure to see him leapfrog atleast a few of his opposition.
Driven by regular driver Maurice McKendry, Besotted managed to pinch a soft lead before booming home in slick sectionals of 56.4 and 26.9.
Jarcullembra emerged late from his three-back position to finish on strongly for an eye-catching second, while Lets Elope finished into third after enjoying a sweet trip in the one-one.
The Ashburton Flying Stakes is next on the agenda for Besotted, who probably needs a top four finish to have a chance of making the New Zealand Cup field.
Meanwhile, Besotted’s stablemate Lincolns Megastar was sensational when dishing out a 7 & ¼ length hiding to her rivals in heat two of the Dustan Mares Speed series.
The classic fillies’ races around Christmas time are the immediate target for the highly talented full-sister to Sir Lincoln.
By Mitchell Robertson