Promising three-year-old filly Cuzin Lyndal underlined her potential with an authoritative win in the Northern Review Pace at Kilmore on Thursday night.
Prepared at the Cranbourne Training Centre by Hugh Cathels and partnered by her regular driver Glenn Hunter, Cuzin Lyndal speared straight to the front when the mobile released the field and led all the way to score her maiden win in a solid mile rate of 1:59:4.
Having just her fourth race start, the filly was well supported to start an odds-on favourite on the strength of a solid first up second placing earlier this month. Oddly enough it seems that the punters’ confidence wasn’t necessarily shared by Cathels leading up to the event.
Apparently one of Cathel’s co-tenants at the Cranbourne Training Centre suggested that Cuzin Lyndal would simply lead and win only to be told that the filly “lacked gate speed and was a little one-paced”. Cathels is a noted hard marker but even by his standards it seems that he has underestimated the daughter of Courage Under Fire.
Both Cuzin Lyndal and her mother Aunty Daph are named after members of the extended Cathels family and therein lies a story in itself.
Cathels bred and raced the former smart pacer Astronaut who was a cleverly named son of Bettors Delight and Star Chaser. Appropriately Cathels gave the horse its stable name of Neil as a young horse in deference to Apollo 13 commander Neil Armstrong. But Cathel’s own brother Neil was so chuffed that he’d had a horse named after him that he set on a path of naming his next few horses after other family members.
It’s not known whether cousin Lyndal takes much interest in the fortunes of her equine namesake but it’s fair to assume that if she does, she’d be suitably impressed with what she’s seen thusfar.
Cuzin Lyndal has been entered to have her next outing at the Cranbourne HRC’s meeting on Thursday 23rd January.
By David Scott
Photo: Claire Weston Photography