Honest gelding’s summer double at home base

It was a great day for team Maher/Eustace on Saturday with two of our older, honest geldings, Black Sail and Enigman, saluting at Caulfield.

Both wins were made extra pleasing for different reasons.

Black Sail has been so consistent this preparation but has struggled to get his nose in front at the finish and had placed five times in seven starts.

Enigman’s win was made more special by the fact he was homebred by Ciaron and is owned by his dad John and great supporter Colin McKenna.

The five-year-old son of Myboycharlie was paying good odds at $11 but we were confident in his great fresh record and his good barrier draw with one of our most favoured jockeys in Mark Zahra on board.

Enigman was able to jump cleanly and sit on the inside, just behind the speed before a gap opened at the top of the straight for him to make a run and he fought hard to the line, beating Streets of Avalon by a head.

Zahra said it was a good win considering the team thought the horse might have been a bit under-done being first-up from a spell but he was still strong to the line.

“Dave said he might be a little bit soft but it was a bit messy up in front of me and he was able to pick up underneath me and get in the clear,” Zahra told Racing.com after the race.

“His last bit was a test and he was able to grind it out for the win.”

Co-trainer David Eustace was on course for the win and said this could be the gelding’s breakthrough preparation after overcoming a bone chip operation and being gelded.

“Ciaron bred the horse and Colin who’s our biggest supporter is in him so we’ve always had a big opinion of him so I think this could be his prep to make his mark,” Eustace said on Racing.com.

“He’s spent time at the farm and at the beach so it’s a credit to the whole team, the whole system has really taken a hand in him.

“He’s still got quite a nice rating, we can just tip through the grades and then get to open company and we’ll see what goes from there.

“He is lightly raced and has a nice rating so he can go into a higher grade, down in the weights and hopefully he’s hard to beat again.”

Earlier in the day, First Light Racing’s Black Sail saluted as the short-priced favourite in a BM84 handicap over 1600m.

From a sticky barrier, Linda Meech was able to roll forward and sit outside the leader during the run and hit the front with 50m to go and held on to win by half a length.

Meech credited the team for presenting a happy and well horse to the races and he performed accordingly.

“I can’t tell you that I didn’t have my heart in my mouth,” Meech laughed.

“He seemed to really enjoy that, after the line he got his ears forward and seemed pretty happy with himself so he might get a little bit of confidence from that.

“He did pull very hard last start so just to get him to switch off for those few furlongs was terrific.

“I think he does try, he just always seems to find one a bit better but all credit to the boys, this horse was the well coming around to the gates.

“He was in a terrific headspace, just nice and relaxed and how you want a horse to be.”

Black Sail has been up for a long time this prep but has been managed well at the beach and the team can’t see him going to the paddock just jet.

“Full credit to the stable and the system,” Eustace said.

“He gets trained down at the beach for the majority of his life and it’s about keeping him in the right headspace, and we think we can stretch out their preparations by doing that, so you can see that he’s been ultra-consistent and thankfully he won today.”

“He’s racing in good prizemoney and good form so we’ll flick him back down to the beach and he’s not showing us that he needs a break, so we’ll keep going.”

On top of our two winners at Caulfield, we also had All Too Royal salute at Canterbury on Friday night.

After two narrow seconds in a row, the son of All Too Hard finally got the job done and won by two lengths.