THE John O’Shea-trained Morton’s Fork showed its class at Rosehill on Saturday when it overcome a poor start to score an effortless win in the Hyland Colours 2YO Handicap.
Having run on stoutly in its last two starts behind the likes of Russian Revolution and Thronum, O’Shea told stewards it would be ridden in a more forward position, but after missing the jump, jockey Brenton Avdulla had to call upon plan B.
The $2.60 favourite settled in the back section of the field before Avdulla drew the two-year-old colt to the outside of runners nearing the turn. Its class showed late, winning by a half-length over Harper’s Choice and Fanfaron.
“It was a great little win, I think off that he’ll probably get a bit further,” O’Shea said.
“A lot of credit must go to Brenton, he’s a very confident young man at the moment.
“We trust whatever decisions our jockeys make and it was a really good ride by Brenton. He’s been a wonderful addition to us while James (McDonald) has been away.”
Brenton Avdulla wasn’t phased by the poor beginning and believes it has a bright future.”
“We got back but I was confident a long way out,” Avdulla said.
“When I got fair dinkum on him he put them away like a nice horse.”
O’Shea indicated that Morton’s Fork will likely be spelled before targeting the spring three-year-old races later this year.