Arakain Breaks Through

Feb 20, 2017

Arakain broke through today for his first win at Kyneton in the Glen Erin Maiden Plate over 1450m. It was a terrific win by the Shane Nichols trained gelding , who had ran second in two of his previous four starts.

"Young jockey, Lachlan King, gave the horse an excellent ride," Nichols said after the race.

"I thought it was an excellent ride the way he was able to balance the horse up around the turn and he swapped hands with the whip which really helped him hit the line."

Arakain jumped from the widest barrier (9) with the original plan to be one out one back but King had to go to plan B.

"He drew a bit of a tricky gate today but look we rolled in and we wanted to be one, one or outside the leader and it didn't go to plan so we had to go three wide without cover," said King.

"It was ok and I just didn't panic and on the turn thankfully he gave me a good kick and got to the line.

"He was sort of just hanging in around the turn so I was just trying to get him to muster a little bit around the turn and he wasn't doing that quick enough, so I put it in the left and he responded a lot better to that.

"I think a mile step up in the future will probably be his go, he goes to sleep and he's a perfect ride he does everything right."

Arakain was a $60,000 Inglis Premier Sale Yearling purchase by Shane Nichols and is by Not A Single Doubt. He is out of the Black Minnaloushe mare, Lou. Arakain is the first winner for the mare who has had two foals to race.

"He deserved to win a race and I think he will be much better suited when he gets out further and he also will appreciate wet tracks," said Nichols

"There is a lot of upside to a horse that has taking a little while to break his maiden."