$100,000 Consolation win for Abettorpunt

07:38 PM 02 Mar 2014 NZDT
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Abettorpunt - claimed Group One glory in the Bohemia Crystal

Unlucky to miss a berth in the Inter Dominion Grand Final, six-year-old gelding Abettorpunt showed he might well be there next year with a consolation win in today's $100,000 Bohemia Crystal Free-For-All at Tabcorp Park Menangle.

The win also proved some consolation for young reinsman Glen Craven, who handled Keayang Cullen in the Inter Dominion final and came away empty-handed.

Settling in third and fourth spot behind last year's Inter Dom finalist Mah Sish, Craven brought Abettorpunt ($4.80) with a perfectly-timed run to score in an Australasian record 1:54 mile rate over the 2400m mobile journey.

Abettorpunt has always shown he had the ability to win a Group One and although better known as a sit-and-sprint horse in the past, today he showed he could do it at both ends of a race with a slick effort.

Team McCarthy looked a chance to break their Inter Dominion Day 2014 'duck' when five-year-old gelding Monifieth came out of the pack and began to give chase to Abettorpunt when he kicked away.

But the post came too soon for John McCarthy with Monifieth, a 30-1 shot, finishing 1.5m second, just ahead of Mah Sish (Anthony Butt).

Im Corzin Terror, the $3.50 favourite was locked in a pocket turning for home and never really got a good crack the leaders, until the race was safely in Abettorpunt's keeping.

Harness Racing NSW

 

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