21th Dec 2019
Price Bloodstock newcomer Xponential had everybody’s attention at Sha Tin on Saturday after an outstanding win coming from well back at his racecourse debut.
Despite some nice trials and a nice preparation by hot trainer Douglas Whyte, Exponential was sent out at long odds in the betting due to his outside barrier of 14 but Chad Schofield produced a brilliant ride to overcome that and the horse’s natural talent did the rest, producing a strong turn of acceleration in the final 200m.
“He’s certainly improved the most of my young ones,” said Whyte. “He had to dig deep today and come through a tight gap and show a bit of tenacity to put his head in front.”
Like all the Price Bloodstock imports, Xponential had shown his talent in Australian trials first and Whyte said he knew he just had to be patient with the gelding and wait until he was ready to take to the races.
“He’d shown it in work and I think he surprised Chad more than anyone,” Whyte said. “I let him sit on him his final gallop the other day, I wanted Chad to feel him. In his own words, he said he was impressed with how much he’s matured from the first time he sat on him. He’s built himself up into an athlete – he’s using himself correctly after doing a few things wrong early. He’s producing work like a professional.”
In his first season, Whyte has already formed a close successful link with Price Bloodstock, as he did as a champion jockey over many years, landing 2 wins with older stable acquisition Relentless Me as well. Xponential is likely to step up in distance now after the way he finished yesterday’s 1200m race off.