Reykjavik makes slashing return in Mungrup
Reykjavik has made a brilliant return to racing, powering to a commanding win in today’s $100,000 Mungrup Stud Sprint (1300m) at Mt Barker Turf Club.
The classy four-year-old was spelled after winning the listed Hannans Handicap back in October and produced a sizzling first-up performance for the Lindsey Smith stable to claim the 2019 edition of the race.
One of six horses in the field with 54kg, Reykjavik ($2.90 chance) settled in the back half for jockey Daniel Staeck before he was put into the race at the 600m mark and sustained a wide run to launch down the outside and win comfortably by two lengths.
It was a fifth career win for Reykjavik who has collected more than $300,000 in stake money in only 26 starts and Staeck had big wraps on the performance.
“I think he is a horse on the way up,” Staeck said.
“He’s certainly not at his best yet.
“Lindsey has done a wonderful job with him since I last rode the horse and he is still improving.”
It was a second win in the Mungrup Stud Sprint for Staeck, who is enjoying a superb Great Southern season, while Smith claimed the feature race for the first time.
Albany galloper Candlelight Star settled last in running and flashed home to grab second for trainer Des Attwell while Just Act Natural boxed on strongly to finish third.
Former winners Red Ora, Rebel King and Dream Lifter finished in that order respectively behind Just Act Natural.
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