The Right Answer Wins on Debut

Pencarrow Stud-bred three-year-old The Right Answer (Alamosa) was an impressive debut winner on 13 September when taking out the $7,000 Evans Animal Feeds Maiden over 1200m at Ashburton.

The son of Alamosa came into his first raceday appearance having had two trials, winning the latest in late August for trainer Ross Beckett.

The three-year-old gelding jumped well from barrier four and was eased into the trail by jockey Terry Moseley. On entering the home straight Moseley produced The Right Answer in the middle of the track and the pair gathered in the leader, who fought hard, but was no match for The Right Answer who went to the line under a hands-and-heels ride to win by three-quarters of a length.

He was able to run a slick time on the Good3 track conditions, stopping the clock at 1.09.86 for the 1200 metres.

“He has done a good job, he went a second faster than the other maiden on the day,” stated Beckett. “We do have plenty of time for him.

“He could have won both trials before he went to the races but the first one was just for experience and we just gave him a nice run around.

“He will race this Saturday at Christchurch in the three-year-old 1400m and we will see how he goes, he has nomination for Two Thousand Guineas so we will see where we go after this weekend.

“He was just a nice horse at the Ready to Run Sale and we wanted an Alamosa and we managed to get one.”

Bred by Peter and Philip Vela, The Right Answer was purchased by owner and trainer Ross Beckett at the 2012 Ready to Run Sale from Kilgravin Lodge for $20,000.

His dam is the four-time race winner Macchiato (Night Shift), a half-sister to the stakes performed horses Filante Etoile (Soviet Star) and Vega Sicilia (Rodrigo de Triano) and from the family of Group 1 winners Star Dancer (Star Watch), Naturalism (Palace Music) and Crystal Palace (Palace Music).

Macchiato has had four horses to race, all have been winners and she is already the dam of the Listed winner in Australia Harb (Catbird). She has a two-year-old filly by Tavistock that has been retained to race by the Stud and foaled another filly by the Golden Slipper winner Sepoy this season.