Two in a row for gutsy Nearest To Pin

Feb 23, 2013

Nearest To Pin has continued his transformation since trainers Leon Macdonald and Andrew Gluyas added blinkers to her gear with another fighting win at Balaklava.

The gelding started his career with two solid fourths in January before the Morphettville training partners decided to add the shades to his gear.

The blinkers have produced wonderful results as shown in the three-year-old’s all-the-way win in maiden company at Murray Bridge on February 13 before he repeated the feat in tougher company at Balaklava.

Not many horses successfully make the jump from maiden class to win in harder grades at their next outing but Nearest To Pin handled the gap in brave fashion.

Clare Lindop was aboard Nearest To Pin again after guiding him to win at their previous combination and adopted similar tactics on the son of Golden Lake in the Rating 68 event.

Lindop sent Nearest To Pin straight to the front again, setting a decent speed while her rival jockeys applied pressure at varying stages of the race.

Nearest To Pin entered the long Balaklava straight first but the eventual runner-up Real Fantasy challenged then headed the talented prospect at the 300 metres.

Nearest To Pin took time to hit his top under Lindop’s hard riding before he fought back strongly late, charging to the line to regain the lead a stride from the post to earn his second win from four starts in gritty style.

Nearest To Pin earned another $6700 for his victory, taking his stakes tally to more than $14,000.

Congratulations to Nearest To Pin’s owners - R & Mrs K Giles, W & Mrs R Tanner & C & Mrs J Price.

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