Mahogany Challenge Final awaits Token Spirit
- Token Spirit claimed career win number two on Wednesday, June 16
- He will be aimed at the Mahogany Challenge Final
- This race is for three-year-olds run over 2500m
Robbie Griffiths (pictured) and Matthew de Kock are aiming at a series challenge final with Token Spirit (Getty)
Kicking off metro racing at Sandown on Wednesday was Token Spirit, a smart three-year-old from the Robbie Griffiths and Matthew de Kock stable.
This gelding sat out the back of a six horse field in a slowly run race, building from the 600m to eventually sprint straight past his opposition with Victoria’s leading jockey Jamie Kah aboard.
“The small field was perfect for him because it meant he could just settle a little bit closer.” Kah said to Racing.com.
“Everything just played out perfect for us.”
The stable have always thought that there was a motor under the bonnet, saying that the gelding had been quite unlucky not to win more races than her record reads.
“He’s a talented horse and run some really nice races, especially in the (Victoria) Derby last year” co-trainer de Kock told Racing.com.
“This kind of distance looked like it would set up really well for him.
“Going to the last 600 metres I thought this is perfect for him.”
After a confidence boosting win, the Griffiths and de Kock yard will aim at the Mahogany Challenge Final over 2500m at Flemington on July 3.
“There’s the series final coming up on the 3rd of July, so providing the horse pulls up well, that’s where we head.” de Kock said.
Token Spirit is by Wandjina and out of the mare Miss Keepsake, the 2010 Queensland Oaks winner.