Blue-blooded gelding Eucumbene (4g Encosta de Lago x Snowdrift, by Polish Precedent) has been relishing the soft winter tracks and posted his fourth consecutive win at Rosehill on Saturday.
He led throughout and won the Benchmark 80 event over 1300 metres by more than a length with Hugh Bowman in the saddle.
Following Eucumbene’s success, Bowman paid tribute to the skills of Kathy O’Hara, who has been aboard Eucumbene at his three previous wins.
“Kathy found the key to riding him,” Bowman said referring to the change of tactics adopted recently when Eucumbene was ridden in a more forward position.
“He’s certainly got some talent. He’s the makings of a nice horse.
“You don’t win good races in winter and I think he’s better than Saturday class.”
A $300,000 purchase for James Bester Bloodstock from the Tyreel Stud draft at the 2009 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, Eucumbene is trained by Guy Walter and runs in the Kia Ora Stud colours. He has the overall record of five wins and four placings from 11 starts with prizemoney nearing $140,000.
Eucumbene is a half-brother to Group I winner and sire Snowland, Group II winner Portillo and stakes-winning sire Snippetson as well as stakes-placed Freeze, also a sire and Snowden.
A well-related mare by Polish Precedent, his dam Snowdrift has changed hands on a number of occasions after starting her stud career with Stratheden Stud.
She fetched $1.5 million when offered as part of the Vinery Dispersal in 2005 and then made $775,000 in 2010 when sold by Tyreel Stud at the Inglis Broodmare Sale where she was snapped up by Keiran Moore Bloodstock on behalf of Cressfield.
Snowdrift is due to foal to Fastnet Rock this spring.