Touch Win earned himself another crack at the country’s best three-year-old’s with his Tauranga success this afternoon.
It was his third win from four appearances with his only defeat a brave fifth behind the unbeaten colt Sacred Falls in the Gr.2 DHL Global Hawke’s Bay Guineas where he drew an outside gate and covered extra ground.
Cambridge trainer Roger James has long held Touch Win in high regard and will now head to Otaki for the Gr.1 Levin Classic on November 30.
“I’ve been really happy with him and I think the mile will suit him now,” he said. “I’ve spent a lot of time getting him to relax and he got into a nice rhythm today.”
Ridden by Andrew Calder, Touch Win was sent out a warm favourite in the John Warren Insurance Three-Year-Old Handicap and didn’t have things all his own way. He jumped from the outside barrier, carried topweight and was on a rain-affected track.
“He had 59kg and sat three wide all the way so I thought it was a very good effort,” James said. “He’ll go on to the Levin Classic now.”
Touch Win finished off gamely in the straight to beat Pouri Chimes, who was in receipt of five kilos, and pacemaker Big Iron stayed on gamely for third.
- The Informant