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Byford trainer Katja Warwick went to the 2021 APG Perth yearling sale with one main objective, and that was to buy a colt by New Zealand sire Foreclosure and the first of the progeny of the Auckland Reactor mare Cap In Hand.
Sentiment was the overriding reason. Warwick was a part-owner and trainer of Cap In Hand, who raced six times as a two-year-old in 2018 for three wins and $19,428 before suffering a career-ending injury.
“After winning three races Cap In Hand fractured a pedal bone and was unable to race again,” said Warwick. “So, I went to last year’s sale intent on buying Cap In Hand’s first foal. And I was able to purchase him for $16,000 and I race him in partnership with my mother (Doris Schreyvogel).”
The colt (now a gelding) is named All Is Well, and he impressed when he unwound a sizzling late burst to get up and beat the pacemaker Lucapelo in the $20,250 Rock n Roll World Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
This was his second win for the week, following his all-the-way success at Pinjarra four days earlier. He now has earned $20,703 from his two wins and a second placing from six starts.
All Is Well, an $8.80 chance, raced on the pegs in fifth position before Emily Suvaljko eased him into the clear 300m from home and took him four wide on the turn when he was four lengths behind Lucapelo.
All Is Well simply exploded to fly home and snatch victory from Lucapelo, the second favourite at $2.80. The final 400m was covered in 28.3sec. (off the front) and the winner rated 2.0.1.
“He is still very green and is learning how to race,” said Warwick, who was disappointed that her other runner in Friday night’s event, the $1.65 favourite Juggernaut broke into a gallop when he was three-quarters of a length in front of Lucapelo and challenging him hard for the lead 250m after the start. Juggernaut dropped back to the rear and finished fourth in the field of six.
All Is Well is bred to succeed. Cap In Hand is a half-sister to promising young pacers Robbie Rocket (36 starts for seven wins, 14 placings and $72,501), Sonic Suzy (eight starts for three wins, two placings and $25,474) and Major Overs (seven starts for two wins, two placings and $22,340).
Cap In Hand’s dam Elite Angel earned $128,702 from 12 wins and 14 placings from 62 starts. Elite Angel is out of Elite Dynasty, the dam of seven winners, including Son Of Fergie (153 starts for 27 wins, 34 placings and $376,765).