Trainer Tony McEvoy produced another exciting staying prospect in Super Haze, a winner at Ballarat on Thursday, February 11.
A red hot $1.90 favourite, Super Haze careered away from his rivals on the last 200 metres in the Porter Plant Maiden (1400m) to score by four lengths from Fiano ($5) with Speedcubing ($8) three-quarters of a length away third.
“He was impressive today but is still learning his craft,” McEvoy said. “There is no doubt he is still a work in process but what I liked was the way he put a margin on the field over the final stages.”
The trainer revealed he found Super Haze in a paddock at Anthony Mithen’s Rosemont Stud.
“I was at the stud looking at yearlings and saw this fellow in a paddock and asked what he was,” McEvoy said.
“Anthony said he was a colt, by High Chaparral, he had purchased as a foal in France and was going to be up for sale. I was so impressed I immediately bought a share to make sure I could get him to train and thanks to the owners they have been patient.
“Even though he is a four-year-old, he is still learning about racing and still gets his head up.
“He has been very slow to learn and, as a consequence, today was only his second trip to the races.”
Super Haze, pictured with part owner Mick Mansfield, didn’t debut until August 21 last year when McEvoy took him to Mildura.
“I was looking for a 1400 metre race for him and that suited,” McEvoy said.
“He didn’t handle the home turn too well otherwise he probably would have won instead of finishing third.
“I gave him another break and then a trial at Morphettville in preparation for today.
“I will now look for a suitable race over a bit more ground on a spacious track – perhaps Racing.Com Park or perhaps at Sandown.”
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