Deserved win for Unalaska at Mornington
Apr 05, 2015
The Colin Little-trained Unalaska had raced consistently throughout his previous six starts but managed to record a deserved win at Mornington.
Unalaska worked hard to find the front before sticking on gamely at Sandown at his previous outing on March 18 before Little sent him to an Easter Sunday event at Mornington.
Little booked premiership-winning rider Luke Nolen to continue his partnership with Unalaska and things went the pair’s way early in the Cove Hotel Plate (1500m).
Nolen had to contend with barrier 10 but he rode him positively to get Unalaska into the perfect position trailing the leader early in the $15,000 contest.
Unalaska travelled perfectly once Nolen found the perfect position, leaving the jockey to wait for the right time to launch his bid for his maiden win.
Nolen went for home on Unalaska rounding the home turn but the plucky front-runner Forever Jensen fought bravely, making Unalaska work hard for his win in the last 100m.
However, Unalaska was up to the task, gaining the upper hand in the last 50m to score by a long neck.
Unalaska’s first win brought connections an $11,000 prize, taking his stakes tally to more than $35,000. Little paid just $45,000 for Unalaska at the 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.
Congratulations to Unalaska’s owners and all involved with the three-year-old’s Mornington success.
Click here for the official race result and a replay of Unalaska’s victory.
© MiStable 2015