By: Nathan Exelby Courtesy from: The Sunday Mail (Qld)
AIDAN Holt was praised for his cool ride on Pinch River, who scored a last gasp win in the Bundamba Plate at Ipswich on Saturday.
Holt elected to go back to the inside soon after turning and was able to secure the necessary right run to win.
"I thought Aidan may have made an error, but it was the right move," trainer Rob Heathcote said.
" I said in the pre-race plans that there may be plenty of speed and don't be frightened to take the trail even though he has won 3 races leading" !
Pinch River may run again at the Sunshine Coast in a fortnight, but Heathcote will bide his time before locking it in but more than likely he will spell.
"He's done a pretty good job. To win four races as a two-year-old is a first class effort.
"He was just a bit fresh (when run over late after 3 weeks between runs) last week and then was a bit more tougher to the line this time. It was always my biggest worry coming back to 1100m.
"I think he's going to be a 1400m horse later on with his ability to take the trail and sprint late but we will work that out when he comes back in next preparation."
Pinch River ($3.60) scored by a neck to Divine Service ($12) with a short neck to Veloz ($7.50) in third position.
Heathcote added, " he has to grow and strengthen some more to go to the next level but if he can find a few more lengths next time in, he may even be worthy of a trip interstate for a feature 3 year old race" ?
It is a superb effort to win 4 city metropolitan races as a juvenile so his future looks rosy at this stage.