Mahuta extended his winning sequence to four straight with a determined victory in Saturday’s Group II Sandown Guineas (1600m).
Brad Rawiller settled Mahuta in third place after 200m and was there to challenge into the home straight. Accelerating clear 200m out with Dal Cielo ($6) the only serious pursuer, Mahuta ($5) stayed on to score by 1-1/4 lengths.
Mahuta has progressed from winning a maiden at Kyneton in October to three consecutive stakes race wins and trainer Darren Weir attributed the improved form to the addition of blinkers.
“He’s always shown plenty of ability but the blinkers have helped him concentrate,” Weir said.
“He’s an improving type but to be honest we didn’t think he’d end up winning a Group II race after Kyneton.
“He’s just one of those horses that has got into a rhythm and just keeps improving.
“Today he showed a real turn of foot when he straightened. He’s simple horse to train and there’s plenty of upside to him.”
Weir said he will send the son of Flying Spur to the spelling paddock now ahead of an autumn campaign.
“He’ll go out now for a month and bring him back for a race like the Australian Guineas,” Weir said.
Don’t Doubt Mamma ($6) made good ground late for third, beaten 2-1/4 lengths.