Bullbars gelding Comin'through (ex Commendable) closed off Derby Day at Ellerslie with victory over 2,100m in good style after enduring an awkward trip where little went right. In a race against highly regarded competitors, Comin'through prevailed after a trip that required a good deal of tenacity to be shown.
Breaking from barrier three, the Logan/Gibbs trained Comin'through was unable to take advantage and found himself at the rear as the field settled into formation. Grant Cooksley on Splendido found the front and took the pace out of the race. With a good deal of buffeting filtering back through the field, jockey Leith Innes took the initiative and slid Comin'through forward three wide.
Before the bend when he looked to be struggling, Innes gave Comin'through a couple of decent reminders and he loomed up and settled down to his task, drawing in Splendido just short of the line.
The performance down the home straight showed a great deal of heart considering the trip he had had, spending much of it three wide travelling forward from the back off a slackening pace.
It augurs well for Comin'through as through his racing career he has continued to show improvement. If he can continue to improve today's performance, given it was a step up on what he has previously shown (and considering the trip he had), his autumn 3YO and 4YO career show significant promise.
The full replay is here - and ...BTW - there is a lovely story about his trackwork rider at the end of this clip.