Never In Doubt; Kotinos Breaks Through At Geelong



He was knocking on the door last preparation, and Kotinos was rewarded for his consistency with a maiden win at Geelong on Friday. The three year old Congrats gelding was first-up over 1212m in the Champion Blinds Maiden Plate following a trial at Cranbourne on May 8th. Perfectly placed by trainer Robert Smerdon, Kotinos jumped well from barrier 6 in the 12 horse field to sit just outside the leader and well-fancied runner Castlefield Lass. Jockey Craig Williams got him beautifully balanced around the home turn to give a good kick and prove to strong on the line, defeating his rivals by 1.5 lengths. Craig praised the good first-up effort and felt he is a horse that will continue to improve this preparation.

It was a well deserved win for Kotinos and his owners after two maiden placings last preparation prior to a run in the Magic Millions maiden in January where he didn't appear to cope in the humid conditions, albeit he was only beaten 5 lengths. He was sent for a good spell immediately after and has bounced back this preparation with a positive result.

Coincidence would have it that Robert Smerdon also trained his dam Kalamata (Desert Prince) at the later part of her career in Australia. Kalamata was a succesful race mare, notching up 2 Listed wins in NZ and a 3rd placing in the Group 1 Mudgeway over 1400m. She has produced multiple stakes winner and Group 1 placegetter Stirling Grove (Mossman). Kotinos is also from the family of Hucklebuck and is closely related to our two year old Buckle Up.

Kotinos was purchased from the 2015 Magic Millions sale for $140,000 from the Vinery Stud Draft and is owned by Champion Thoroughbreds Victoria, Mr S G Mcpeake, Mr L J Gillings, Mr K W Burford, Mr C J Lawlor, Mr N J Bearman, Pigham Racing, Mr R W Tierney, Cavallo Ipswich Racing, Mr D H Nott, Unsanctioned, Mr J Park, Mr T H Gunson, Mr G A Gunson, Fuel The Fire, Casdan, Mr A Murphy, Burley Racing, Kid Kalamata Racing, Murlev.

Congratulations to all the owners and a big thanks to Robert Smerdon and Craig Williams.




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