Kokopu Keeping It In The Family


Kokopu has a long way to match his more highly rated sibling, but the early signs are positive after he maintained his unbeaten WA status at Ascot on Saturday.

Kokopu, a half-brother to last year’s Kingston Town Classic (1800m) champion Pounamu, made it two wins from as many starts since teaming up with trainer, Alan Mathews.

Just like Pounamu, Kokopu commenced his racing career in New South Wales and won four races from 26 starts under Allan Denham’s guidance before heading west.

Kokopu made a dream start when winning first-up at Pinjarra on April 27 and yesterday on debut at Ascot he proved too good in the Ramelius Resources Trophy (1400m).

Ridden by Pat Carbery, Kokopu ran on from midfield and defeated Men Of Mukinbudin by one length with favourite Cash On Call close behind in third place.

Mathews is pleased with the progress of Kokopu and says the son of Medaglia D’Oro has done everything asked of him since entering his stable.

“Wins are always impressive and he has done his job,” Mathews said.

“On his run at Pinjarra you would have expected him to come here and be very competitive.

“He has done it businesslike and there is nothing much more you can say, I’m happy with him.”

“He seems to be fitting in to the program at home and I think he will only get better.

“He settled quite well today (Saturday) which tells me he might be looking for a mile.”

Meanwhile Mathews said Pounamu was slated to return in the coming weeks and would be aimed at a feature race trifecta at Belmont Park.

“He trials on Monday and then three weeks into the Belmont,” Mathews said.

“He has the three weight for age races, the 1400 (Belmont Sprint), the mile (Hyperion Stakes) and the 2000m (Strickland Stakes) and then all going to plan we pack up and think about taking him to Melbourne.”

Julio Santarelli