Deja Vu Mahlabatini Scores
Mar 12, 2016
4 years ago Michael Trotter took a promising near black 3 year old colt by Econsul to the first night meeting ever held at Cranbourne. On a South Australian Derby path he was second up named Kaitoa he stormed down the outside from well back to score impressively and to give Michael the honour of being the first Cranbourne trainer to train a winner under lights there. Fast forward to the same night 4 years later and this time another promising 3 year old by Turffontein is strutting around the mounting yard at the Cranbourne Night meeting. He indeed is a headturner, a magnificent individual, bought on type at the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale back in 2014 and reared at Blue Gum Farm Euroa. It has been quite a journey to get Mahlabatini to the races with a mind of his own he has proven a real handful. The penny started showing signs of dropping with a nice jumpout, then a win at the official Cranbourne Barrier Trials. Luckless on debut at Yarra Valley where his greeness and inexperienced cost him, to his credit, once he got clear he really picked up and hit the line strongly. Mark Pegus that rode him that day summed the run up by saying that he would be suprised if he got beaten next start. It proved prophetic words as Mahlabatini dominated the race from the start and despite doing alot wrong still scored a very impressive victory. In winning last night Mahlabatini provided many of his first time owners an enormous thrill. He looks to be a horse with potential and the purchase of his half sister at this years Inglis Premier Yearling Sale is now looking an inspired one.