Racha Cuneen guided the well-performed He Kin Fly to a powerful come-from-behind victory in the $30,000 Gold Club Rating 94 (1200m) at Riccarton a fortnight ago and is hoping for a repeat performance this weekend.
Cuneen will continue his association with the eight-year-old Darci Brahma gelding in Saturday’s $30,000 Hygain/Mitavite Rating 98 (1200m).
“After what he did a couple of weeks ago, I’m really looking forward to riding him again,” Cuneen said. “It looks like he’ll be up against a similar sort of field again this weekend, and he drops in weight from 61.5kg to 60.5kg.
“If he repeats the performance he produced last time, he’d have to be very hard to beat again. Neill (Ridley, trainer) has been very happy with the horse in between times.”
He Kin Fly is a proven black-type performer, having won last year’s Listed Timaru Stakes (1400m) and Great Easter Stakes (1400m) and was a close fourth in the Gr.2 Coupland’s Bakeries Mile (1600m) last November.
“He’s a good horse and there’s a lot of nice races for him coming up through the spring in the South Island,” Cuneen said. “He’d definitely be a nice horse to try and stick with, heading into Cup Week in November.”
Bred by Graeme Hunt under his Cambridge Hunt banner, He Kin Fly was sold weanling through Curraghmore's National Broodmare, Weanling, and Mixed Bloodstock Sale draft. -NZ Racing Desk