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Fifth stakes win for Kuro

Kuro  - Photo: Champion Thoroughbreds

Photo: Champion Thoroughbreds

Trainer Joe Pride rued running Kuro on a slow surface at Randwick on December 17 but a good (3) track helped the son of Denman return to winning form after claiming the Listed Starlight Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill on December 3.

Two of Kuro's career wins have come on heavy tracks but Pride said that statistic was misleading.

"I shouldn't have run him last start on the wet track. I got caught up in running him because I knew he was going well but he just doesn't handle wet tracks," Pride said.

"His form says otherwise but he was a three-year-old back in restricted grade when he was winning on heavy tracks.

"He's a dry track horse and a pretty fair one too."

Kuro's ($6) barnstorming finish down the centre of the track saw him finish a length clear of the runner-up His Majesty ($6.50) for Kim Waugh while Pride's other runner Ball Of Muscle ($6) was another half a length back in third after travelling strongly in front.

"I thought he might have had it on the corner Ball Of Muscle but its been a bit of a pattern lately – just that last 100 (metres) or so," Pride said.

Carrying the colours of Champion Thoroughbreds, Kuro was winning his fifth stakes race advancing his overall record to 8 wins, 3 seconds and 5 thirds from 27 starts with earnings of $654,525.

Placed at the highest level in The Galaxy and Coolmore Stud Stakes at three, the son of Denman was $120,000 purchase by Champion Thoroughbreds from the Curraghmore draft at the 2013 NZB Premier Yearling Sale.

He is the second foal of the stakes-placed Orientate mare Distinctive Lass a granddaughter of the champion sprinter Special (Bluebird) who is also the granddam of the triple Group 1 winner Bomber Bill (Air de France).

After being covered by Snitzel in 2015, Distinctive Lass returned to New Zealand. -racenet


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