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26/04/02 Goodwood Mission for Kapuna
0426kapuna.jpg (10499 bytes)Victorian sprinter Kapuna has earned himself a crack at the Group One Goodwood Handicap in Adelaide after an impressive win at Flemington yesterday.

A member of the Colin Little stable, Kapuna was aimed at the Goodwood last year but failed to get a run.

"He was balloted out of the Goodwood last year," Little said. "We knew he basically had to win today to make sure he would get into the field."

Kapuna had not won a race since last year's Goodwood, therefore the pressure was well and truly on at Flemington.

A five-year-old gelding by Pirate Army, Kapuna is a chance of making an earlier appearance than the Goodwood in Adelaide.

"We'll assess where he's at and he could run in the lead up race (the Honda Stakes) in Adelaide before the Goodwood," Little said. "He wouldn't be suited at the 1000 metres but he could need the hit out.

"I think he's a better horse now at 1200 metres or even better suited over 1400 metres so the trip won't really suit," he added.

Little said he wasn't so confident on Kapuna's chances when the track deteriorated during the day with consistent rain.

"I was a bit apprehensive about the track," Little said after the win of his "nice big strong horse".

In yesterday's race Kapuna raced just off the pace in the Kokoda Track Handicap (1200m) before coming with a well timed run to score.

At the post Kapuna just proved a little too strong for the Andrew Findlay mount Slipstream, while Oregon Seal was third.

PIC - Quentin Lang.

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