Kwanza ploughs to victory in Mornington mud
By Mick Price Racing
Lightly raced gelding Kwanza struck a heavy track for the first time but managed to post a strong maiden win at Mornington.
The rising four-year-old had three previous starts either side of 18 and 46-week spells but showed his talent with his success in the Variety Children’s Charity Plate (1505m).
Trainer Mick Price booked Caulfield Cup-winning jockey Nick Hall to ride the son of Snitzel and the rider gave Kwanza a chance settle midfield before urging him to improve from the 500 metres.
Kwanza ploughed through the heavy ground in the straight to score a comfortable half-length win.
“He did a good job to beat some older horses and it was pleasing to see him finish so strongly,” Price said.
“It was also great for him to win for such terrific owners.
“Frank and Karen Butler bred the horse and they got together with the Triple Crown Syndications team to race him.
“The owners have had a ball together and that’s what racing is all about, people coming together and enjoying themselves.”
Kwanza is the third winner from as many to race out of the Group 1 Thousand Guineas Macedon Lady.
The Butlers also race Kwanza’s half-sister Crafty Lady, which produced her first foal by Smart Missile in the 2013 breeding season.
Kwanza earned a $15,000 winner’s cheque for his comprehensive Mornington success, taking his stakes tally to more than $18,000 with the promise of much more to come.
Congratulations to Kwanza’s terrific owners on what we expect to be the first of many successes.