Cunning Kubrick evades unkindest cut of all with another tidy victory

Kubrick has delayed the unkindest cut of all by winning his two races impressively.

The Chris Waller-trained Kubrick maintained the perfect start to his career with a fast finishing win in the Lonhro Hall of Fame Handicap (1200m).

Waller’s stable representative Charlie Duckworth revealed consideration was being given to gelding the youngster until making his blazing career start.

“About six weeks ago the message was going around to the owners whether we should geld him or press on,’’ Duckworth said.

“I think the horse must have read the memo!”

Kubrick ($4.80) was well-ridden by Glyn Schofield as he wore down a game Espinola ($5) to win by a head with early leader Diamond Thunder ($3.60 favourite) more than two lengths away third.

Schofield said he was happy with the strong up-front speed as he settled Kubrick back near last.

“We were awkwardly placed but I knew Kubrick would run on given the tempo,’’ Schofield said.

“He had a look at the surroundings 50-60m from home so there is a little bit left in the tank.,

“He is built like a sprinter, small and nuggety, so I’m not sure how much further he will get but he should run 1400m to 1600m.”

Kubrick, a well-bred youngster by Shooting To Win and raced by Denise Martin’s Star Thoroughbreds, bounced off his debut win at Cranbourne and successfully negotiated the step up to Sydney Saturday class.

“He was very good,’’ Duckworth said. “He was kept honest all the way to the line by the second-placed horse but he obviously has a will to win.

“There is no doubt he has improved but he needed to do as it was a relatively weak race he won on debut.

“But ours don’t often win over 1000m so that was a good indication he has ability.’’

Duckworth said Kubrick had shown talent earlier in the season before going shinsore.

“When he came back into work he was very ‘colty’ so we sent him to Melbourne for a change of scenery,’’ Duckworth continued.

“After he won down there we thought we had better give him his chance to measure up in Sydney and he has done exactly.

“So, the sky is the limit at this stage, he has done everything we asked of him so it is hard to say a negative word about him.’’ – Ray Thomas, The Daily Telegraph

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