[table id=27 /] <h2><strong> Eurack returns to Sandown this Wednesday to tackle her toughest assignment yet.</strong></h2>
Australia’s favorite race-mare, Winx, may have the nations heart, but south of the border in the rural suburb of Cranbourne, 29-year-old trainer Nathan Mcpherson, prepares to saddle up his own favorite mare, the very talented and unbeaten 4 year-old Eurack, for what is undoubtedly her toughest challenge yet.
Eurack has been an eye-catcher at her first 2 starts and there’s no-doubt that she has her connections dreaming of the bigger races to come this spring.
They have good reason to be hopeful though, Eurack could only be scored an A-mark for her first assignment when she got a 3.5 length win on debut at Bendigo on heavy going. After showing her connections a ton of ability off the track, it must have been a beautiful site to watch as she coasted home trouble-free at her first outing.
Of course after a win like that it would be hard to remain grounded, and realistic at the same time without getting to far ahead of oneself.
That’s what would have made Eurack’s next win, an even bigger thrill for her connections, and one could only score her second assignment maximum points and a huge A+.
She had a big step up in grade and went straight to a mid-week metropolitan race. She did face off against her own age, but there were some in-form gallopers among the field, and it would be no easy task – drawn barrier 15 of 15.
Even though she was placed in this position, where a huge majority of horses fail, Eurack never looked in doubt for a moment during that second run and she won comfortably by a margin of 4.5 lengths over EMINENT SON who finished second. The win was an eye-catcher and it has certainly got a few talking about her credentials.
The 4 year-old mare never has got much serious attention though, especially being from an ordinary family on her dams side, and sired by the lesser-known sire – Oneworld.
But that doesn’t mean that her trainer hasn’t always had a big opinion of her. “I’ve spent many years educating babies and you can generally tell which ones will be able to win their maiden because they just do everything right. She has showed me more than any young horse I’ve had anything to do with” McPherson said after her first win.
Now that EURACK has shown us that she is a serious racehorse, there is no doubt that this Wednesday’s race at Sandown lies her biggest test of all.
She’s rising to benchmark 70 grade, and will have to come across the very talented gelding TOY BOY, who finished a nose 2nd to Kens Dream at Caulfield and ran well in a South Australian Group2 race, and he will be at his best first-up.
The positive sign is that Eurack is actually racing because Mcpherson had led us to believe that she would likely be put away after her last win. “We picked out this race but now she’s going to the paddock until she tells me otherwise. She doesn’t need to prove anything yet, so she can wait until she grows a little bit more.” Mcpherson said.
But yet here we are 4 weeks later and Eurack is ready to tackle a 1000 meter race at Sandown. This girl must love her racing and be showing her trainer some really good signs.
Personally, I think she could be a future Group 1 horse, but I am of course realistic in the fact that she has only won a couple of ordinary, off-season races and that by no means puts her anywhere near the best.
There is just something about the way this filly goes about her business that excites me, and I am definitely in her corner and waving my Eurack flag around nice and early.
For those interested in investing on her, you’ll probably be glad to find that there is $2.50 available with Ladbrokes, however, Eurack is up in class, which will make her one of the lowest rated horses in the race, and she is in an open age and open sex race. She has also drawn wide with the rail out 14 meters, which could be a concern.