Lambrusco makes it three in a row17 Aug 2019

A well-judged ride by apprentice Ashvin Goindasamy saw Lambrusco just get the nod in the $35,000 Valachi Downs (OHcp) over 2100 metres on Saturday.

Stepping up to open company the Samantha Logan-trained gelding settled midield in the seven-horse field throughout. As the leaders Suliman (V.Colgan) and Athena Baby (D.Mansour) looked to have the race between them, Lambrusco with the benefit of a three kilogram claim to a luxurious 51.5kgs finished strongly to collar the pacemakers at the post.
“I think it’s (the whip) somewhere in the straight as when I went to flip it forward the wind blew it back. I was a little bit worried but he had no weight so I just went hands and heels and got the job done,” Goindasamy said.
“When I started pushing him with rhythm and balance, he was loving it and with nothing on his back, he was flying.”
“He has come a long way winning his last three. I’ve been riding his at track work so I’ve stuck with him as he is going to be a good horse,” he said.

Lambrusco’s winning time was 2:17.01 (last 600m in 37.55) on a Slow9 track.

“I was really nervous when he dropped his stick and my heart just dropped. Ash rode him beautifully and he is a beautifully balanced rider,” trainer Samantha Logan said.
“He kept him finding the line and the horse is genuine and fit and was able to run over the top of them.”
“Ash is a really hard worker who rides work for me every morning so he deserves all the success he is getting.”
The son of Cape Blanco has struck a rich vein of form since a recent jumping trial, but those plans have to be put on hold as the six-year-old saluted for third time in a row on the flat.
“He’s progressing and I obviously underestimated him, thinking he would be a jumper. I’ll have to eat my words now.”
“We’ve always had a high opinion of him but being a Cape Blanco, he has taken awhile to develop. He’s six now and has just switched on, matured and strengthened up.”
Logan paid $35,000 for from the Wentwood Grange draft at the 2015 National Yearling Sale.
Lambrusco’s sixth win from 26 starts includes four placings and over $80,000 in stakes for owners C K R Dawson, M P Keaney, Llanhennock Trust & Miss S M Logan.