Kardesler and Ross Payne take out the Hororata Cup. Photo: Race Images
Good manners, a nice run in transit and a blistering turn of foot are all ingredients in the recipe for racing success.
And those three factors, combined with a heady and patient drive by Ross Payne, led Kardesler to a mini success in Sunday’s Hororata Cup at Methven.
The American Ideal four-year-old entire, who is raced by Payne along with Mike Fenton and Rose Daikin, came with a sustained run down the outside of the Methven track to knock off a good field of Country Cup horses.
And if it looked relatively easy to the naked eye, that’s because it was.
“He jogged that,” Payne said.
“I was worried because he’s only got a short sprint on him.
“It’s very fast but it’s not a long sprint.
“But he cruised to the line today, it actually surprised me a lot.”
Trained by Payne’s brother, Grant, the son of former handy race mare Kusadasi has been the model of consistency in recent months around the country circuit and was a more than deserving winner of the grass track feature.
And with a slight re-handicap after the win, he’ll continue to remain competitive.
“His manners are a bit part of it all; he steps away and gets himself handy and then runs on strong.
“He’s a nice horse to have around.”
From very early on in his career, Kardelser was touted as being more than handy and with a record of four wins and eight placings, plus a raft of fourth and fifths, he’s more than living up to it.