​Northkape provides immediate return

Mar 09, 2016

A $5000 yearling, Northkape delivered an immediate return on investment to her owners with a dominant debut victory in the Inglis VOBIS Gold Plate at Cranbourne on Sunday.

Trainer Robbie Griffiths targeted the feature, which carried a $100,000 purse and $30,000 in Super VOBIS bonuses, with the speedy filly and she played her part to perfection.

Jockey Craig Newitt went straight to the front once the barriers opened and Northcape ($9) really kicked clear in the straight, beating For a Song ($9) by two-and-a-quarter lengths.

The win delighted a big band of owners, who were making plenty of noise on course.

“There’s a big team here and they’re very excited – I think there’s almost a few tears there,” stable representative Jade Matthews said.

“It’s such an incentive the Inglis bonuses. They’ve got a cheap buy out of it and won a $100,000 race.

“Most of these guys are doing it for the fun of it, not the money, so this is fantastic for them.”

Northkape, who was purchased at last year’s Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale, won a recent trial which suggested she was going to be competitive in this event.

“She’s a professional – she’s done the job in her trials at home,” Matthews said.

“We didn’t quite expect her to be that strong on raceday but she’s always been very professional.

“Craig gave her a perfect ride.”

Newitt thinks there are a few more wins in Northkape as she continues to develop.

“She’s probably the smallest horse in the race by a long way – there’s not much of her but she’s got a motor,” he said.

“She’s got a lot of upside to her.”

(Courtesy of Racing.com)