Pinzu Conquers Carbine Club


Pinzu has continued trainer Adam Durrant’s run of success in the Listed Carbine Club Stakes (1400m) with an impressive display at Ascot this afternoon.

Durrant won the Carbine Club Stakes previously with Inarticulate (2009), Chester Road (2012) and Zuccheros (2017).

The six-year-old was first-up off the back of two trials, but was yet to win in five attempts first-up.

However, Pinzu was aided by a composed ride from Damian Lane, who followed race favourite In Love With Paris.

Coming to the turn, Lane was able get Pinzu into clear running room and eventually wore down In Love With Paris.

Heart Starter produced a game performance first-up to run third, while last week’s Peters Stakes winner Freo ran on strongly from the rear of the field to run third.

Meanwhile, leaders controlled the early part of the Ascot program, with Blackline and The Nicconian both recording all the way victories.

Blackline settled just off a strong tempo set by Salorsci in front in the Tourism WA Trophy (1600m), while fancied runners Reveille, Miracle Man and Jeraft all settled midfield or worse.

The Simon Miller-trained mare went past Salorsci at the 200m and still had a comfortable lead at that stage.

However, the Adam Durrant-trained pair Reveille and Miracle Man made significant headway in the closing stages and loomed ominously.

Jockey Joseph Azzopardi was able to get Blackline’s head down in time though, holding on to win by a nose.

The Nicconian then made it two wins in a row in the Better Your Bet With TABtouch Handicap (1200m), after another bold Steven Parnham front running ride.

There was drama prior to the race though when race favourite Stageman was scratched at the gates.

Tim Walker