By Ray Hickson
His name means ‘The Rocket’ and trainer Joe Pride is a little bit excited about what lies ahead for El Cohete as he steps out at Kembla Grange on Thursday.
The three-year-old slipped under the radar at his debut at Kembla a couple of weeks ago, starting $26, when a luckless second behind stablemate Stargirl and Pride is confident he can build on it in the Wideman Insurance Plate (1200m).
El Cohete, pronounced ‘el co-wet-ay’ and named by the trainer’s son Brave, has been a work in progress but Pride said the talent is there.
“He should have won easily (at Kembla),’’ he said.
“He went to the races a little bit under the radar because in his first three trials he didn’t beat a horse home. I kept trialling him, he’s a big immature bloke and he kept going shinsore.
“This time around he came back and he wasn’t shinny and his trials were a lot better than they read on paper. I think a lot of people saw he’d had six trials going to Kembla and disregarded him.
“It’s a good name and no-one is saying it right yet but if he becomes a decent horse, which he might be on his way to being, they’ll work out how to say his name.’’
El Cohete runs second at Kembla Grange on June 25
The gelding is by Super Easy, a family Pride is well versed in. Super Easy is a half-brother to Pride’s star sprinters Terravista, Tiger Tees and Ball Of Muscle and is the sire of his Group 1 placed sprinter Easy Eddie.
Punter’s Intelligence sectional data from El Cohete’s Kembla debut over 1000m shows he ran the fastest last 600m of 34.52 and his last 200m of 11.78 was almost two lengths faster than the winner.
He’s probably still a little under the radar at $8 with TAB considering Pride expects him to be closer to the pace up to 1200m.
“He didn’t get run off his legs but from a wide-ish barrier we decided to be conservative, he’s actually got a fair bit of speed and we’ll probably use a bit of it,’’ he said.
El Cohete was scratched from Warwick Farm on Wednesday.
Firmer ground at Warwick Farm will be to the liking of handy mare Invinciano who joins stablemate Derbari in the Harry Angel @ Darley Handicap (1400m).
Derbari was the early favourite with TAB and Pride has decided to send the former to Kembla.
He had two months between runs before finishing third at Hawkesbury over 1300m two weeks ago.
“He’s an exciting horse and I have a lot of time for him but I will accept for Kembla and see what race suits him better,’’ Pride said.
Invinciano hasn’t been at her best on heavy tracks in two runs back from a spell, she failed to beat a runner home at Kensington last Wednesday, so improvement is expected third-up on soft ground.
“She’s desperate for a better track, she was very disappointing the other day but we will forgive her for that and give her another chance,’’ he said.