Huetor is two wins from two in Australia but trainer Paul Snowden says he shouldn’t have won either, which shows the former French galloper could be a serious stayer.
Trainers Peter and Paul Snowden and jockey Kerrin McEvoy admit they don’t know how far Huetor could progress through the staying ranks.
But the three outstanding horsemen agree Huetor is a serious racehorse – and he needed to be to win at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.
The former French galloper maintained his unbeaten Australian record with another impressive effort, turning imminent defeat into an improbable win in the Cabra Bowls Handicap (2000m).
Huetor missed the start by nearly two lengths, settled at the rear of the field on the rails in an awkward position, wasn’t suited by the slow mid-race tempo, struck interference and had to be checked coming to the turn, needed make his finishing run along the inside which was slightly inferior going – and was still able to win.
Paul Snowden said Huetor should not have won, just as he should not have won at his Australian debut at Newcastle last month.
“Huetor keeps setting himself a ton of work to do in his races but again he has got the job done,’’ Snowden said.
“He is a very unassuming horse with a big, gangly action but once you get over his neck and he starts to break into his stride, he carries himself so comfortably and smoothly, he has a great action.
“He keeps building and building in his races which was how he was racing in Europe.
“We are still learning about him but he’s obviously a promising horse.’’
McEvoy also spoke in glowing terms of the emerging five-year-old gelding who came from France as a two-time winner in moderate class from just nine starts.
“He’s a nice horse, definitely,’’ McEvoy said.
“He did bit wrong there at the start, then they had only gone steady and I was worried where we were positioned.
“But I felt at the 300m he was the winner. He showed a really good turn of foot again and he has done it quite soft in the end.
“This horse has a nice motor and there is every chance he will show that turn of foot over 2400m that will open up more doors for him moving forward.’’
Huetor ($6.50) finished powerfully underneath Welsh Legend ($5.50) to win by a head with Comme Bella Fille ($4.40) one-and-a-half lengths away third just in front of favourite Born A King ($3.80).
Snowden said Huetor has done enough to earn himself a start in the Group 3 $160,000 Summer Cup (2000m) at Royal Randwick on Boxing Day.
“I think it is all about next preparation and beyond with this horse,’’ Snowden said.
“But if he is going to have one more run this time in then the Summer Cup is probably going to be the race .
“He will get a little bit of weight relief depending what’s in that race then we will put him away and look to autumn.’’
McEvoy’s chances of retaining the ride on Huetor in the Summer Cup will depend on Covid-19 border closures.
The champion jockey had planned to be in South Australia to visit family for Christmas but those plans are now up in the air due to the uncertainty over interstate travel.
“I’m unsure at the moment what I’m doing,’’ McEvoy said.
“If the border into South Australia is closed then I will probably be back in Sydney to ride this horse in the Summer Cup.’’
Huetor gave Team Snowden and McEvoy a brace of wins in successive races at the Rosehill meeting.
Just 40 minutes earlier, McEvoy timed his finishing run to perfection on Peekay’s Legacy in the Campbelltown Catholic Club (1800m).
Peekay’s Legacy ($17) powered home wide out to score by a half length from Rousseau ($2.30 favourite) with Spaltet ($5.50) a close third.
Paul Snowden said McEvoy’s conservative riding tactics paved the way for Peekay’s Legacy’s strong win.
“Peekay’s Legacy has taken a bit of time,’’ Snowden said.
“He took a long time to settle in his work and his races but he is getting the job done now.’’
Originally published as Rosehill: French import Huetor finds a way to get out of trouble to stay unbeaten in Australia