Rising stayer has Stamina and rare ability to burn…

Josh Parr said Stamina could be a Spring Champion Stakes horse after his stop-start, final-stride win at Rosehill on Saturday.

Stamina’s start and finish couldn’t have been more different as he was slow out of the gates before showing a great turn of foot from back in the field to score by a nose from Bull Point with Savvy Nature only a halflength away in third.


Parr pointed out the Peter Moodytrained colt’s rare ability to make two runs in a race after he found trouble when he looked to track up behind Jim Cassidy on Savvy Nature coming to the turn. Parr had to peel to the outside of Bull Point and charged home the last 200 metres.

‘‘ It takes a lot of ability for a horse to make one run and win in a race but to stop and start three or four times and still get up and win usually means they’re better than average,’’ Parr said. ‘‘ We are hoping to get a bit further with him, heading for a Gloaming [Stakes] or something like that if he’s able to relax over that sort of trip.

‘‘ When they went really quick for the first part I was really pleased but they backed off to a ridiculous speed and we walked from the 1000m to the corner and they let rip from there.

‘‘ It was very pleasing because I’ve had a lot of time for him for a while and he’s been working every bit as good as Dissident, who is in a much classier race [Run To The Rose] later on.’’

Parr couldn’t find a reason for Stamina being slow out of the barriers , but it didn’t dent his confidence in the three-year-old as they rounded the home turn.

‘‘ I’m not sure what the go was there. He just came out a little bit sluggishly, which is not really him, he normally wants to jump out and travel sweet,’’ Parr said. ‘‘ I had a lapful of horse … It was just a matter of finding clear running for him.’’

Glyn Schofield couldn’t knock Bull Point’s performance after giving four kilograms to the winner. ‘‘ I didn’t want to give them a start and when he kicked before straightening I thought we were well home, but he just found one that got him on the line,’’ he said.

Moody’s Sydney forewoman, Clare Cunningham, said Stamina’s next assignment would likely be the Spring Stakes (1600m) at Newcastle on September 18.

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