Promising local three-year-old Vainstream maintained his unbeaten record with an impressive win in the Cheffields BM64 Handicap (1000 metres) at Moe last Friday.
The handsome John Pascoe-trained son of Bel Esprit has long shown above-average ability, but it hasn’t always been plain sailing, with a couple of bouts of shin soreness delaying his progress.
Things have finally come together for the colt in recent weeks as he’s combined with in-form jockey Noel Callow to begin his career with two exciting and decisive victories.
Vainstream led and controlled the race in his debut victory at the same track on October 19 but at his second start showed he isn’t one-dimensional — he settled back and showed a sizzling turn of foot over the final 400 metres.
Sent out the $2.30 favourite, Vainstream raced away late for a soft victory over his older and more seasoned rivals Conspicuous Maid ($8.50) and Elusive Shine ($26).
After the race Pascoe was bullish about his three-year-old’s future.
“He’s certainly a quality galloper who I have high expectations for,” he said. “He’ll head to the paddock for four weeks now, then we’ll get him ready for the autumn. We’re not going to rush him — he’s still only two.”
Pascoe was referring to the fact that Vainstream was born on December 2, 2014.
Pascoe bred Vainstream from a city-winning mare he trained, Yasey San (Yasey-Occasionally Yours), a $6000 purchase from the 2007 Inglis March thoroughbred sale.
Yasey San won seven of her 48 starts, three wins coming at Sandown, the other four at Stony Creek.
Vainstream is her second foal, after Yasey Son (now a four-year-old), a full brother.
Yasey Son, a maiden winner from six trips to the races, was due to contest a benchmark 64 (1600m) at Racing.com Park on Thursday as Winning Post went to press.
A jockey in the 1960s, Pascoe rode against Hall of Famers such as Roy Higgins and Pat Hyland.
A short stint training followed before he left the industry to work in building and construction.
Pascoe returned to racing in 2003, with Yasey San his first winner as a trainer in 2009. Pascoe usually only has a couple of horses in work and still rides trackwork regularly.
Mata much too good
Earlier on the Moe card, Noel Callow notched the first leg of a double on the very impressive Mick Price trained four-year-old Matakanui ($2.80 favourite), who had nearly six lengths to spare on his rivals at the conclusion of the Moe Garden Supplies Maiden Plate (1600m).
The four-year-old gelding by Authorized looks to have a bright future.
Also at Moe, Cranbourne trainer Greg Eurell and jockey Damien Thornton combined for a double with maiden gallopers Aristocratic and the cleverly named No Veecat (Master of Design-No Objection — the name refers to Victoria’s planning tribunal).
The victories salvaged something from a frustrating week for Eurell after promising galloper Urban Ruler ran favourite in the greys race on Oaks day at Flemington and didn’t get the run into the race he would have liked.
Urban Ruler ran a close-up sixth, beaten two lengths, and will be hard to beat wherever he steps out next time.
In further frustration for Eurell, Matriarch Stakes favourite Falika had to be scratched from last Saturday’s Flemington finale due to some heat in a leg. The promising mare will be spelled.