Rohan Mudhoo guides Frankie The Fox to an upset win at Riccarton.
Bargain buy Frankie The Fox made a perfect start to his racing career at Riccarton this afternoon, delivering a proud moment for owner-trainer Mike McCann and apprentice jockey Rohan Mudhoo.
McCann paid just $500 at the 2017 Festival Sale at Karaka to purchase the son of Ego, who defied 25-to-one odds for a remarkable home-track win in the $25,000 El Doute Cashmere Plate.
After dropping out to a clear last in the eight-horse field in the 1200-metre three-year-old race, Frankie The Fox flew down the outside of the track to catch Miss Maxipark right on the line. Mudhoo rose in the saddle in a celebratory salute, marking his first win in his 35th race ride.
“It’s a really good moment for me,” the 19-year-old apprentice said. “To win my first race on a big day like this – I’m very proud. I did just like I was told to, just keep waiting and keep waiting. He had heaps left for the last bit.”
It was a repeat result for McCann, who won the same race during the 1978 carnival with the well-performed Te Tangata.
“We did the same thing 40 years ago with Te Tangata, who went through to open class very quickly,” McCann said. “I think this horse has the same sort of ability. He can go places.
“He’s done everything right. We knew how good he was – he’d never been beaten in a gallop. When we took him to the trials, we just wanted him to follow them around and keep his head in place.
“Rohan’s first win is probably the best part of it for me. I’m more excited for him than for the horse.”