Soho strikes again
By Adam Hamilton
Harness racing has some great families, but exciting juvenile Soho Hamilton certainly comes from one of the best.
The American Ideal colt, who turned so many heads with his sparkling Terang debut win last night, is a brother to sidelined superstar Soho Tribeca.
But it goes much further. Being out of the amazing producer Pixel Perfect, he is also a half-brother to one of Australia’s best mares Carlas Pixel (19 wins, $480,128).
Pixel Perfect’s had five foals to race, all winners. They others being: Birdy Mach (24 wins, $222,041), last year’s Australian 2YO fillies’ winner Soho Nolita (five wins, $191,840) and Perfect Mach (16 wins, $144,323).
She’s owned by leviathan WA-based breeder Rob Watson, who also races Soho Hamilton with family and friends.
“I listened from London. He’s got freakish talent this guy, but is still very green. It’s hugely exciting,” Watson said,
Trainer-driver Mick Stanley was as much relieved as excited after Soho Hamilton blazed a 1min56.5sec mile rate for 1680m after scorching through opening splits of 27.7 and 28.7sec.
“We’ve always know the talent is there, but the greenness was our worry in a good field from a wide draw,” he said.
“He did so much early, then almost lost it on the home bend when he veered four and five wide, but the best part for me was how he was able to refocus and still win easily.”
Soho Hamilton’s target, like half-sister Soho Nolita last year, is the Australian Gold, albeit he will have to travel to Brisbane’s Albion Park to win it this year.
And if you like his name, he is only partly-named after your author.
“Hamilton is a combination of names and places. I know so many Hamiltons, it was the first street I lived on, seeing the musical Hamilton in New York tomorrow and now it seems we have a good horse called Hamilton,” Watson said.
But his stable name, according to Stanley, is “Adam”.
“The important part is I’ve named him after you at home. Like I said, he’s a natural talent, but will be a lot better in future,” he said.
He’s also part-owned by star Adelaide Crows AFL football player Josh Jenkins, a close friend of Stanley’s.