Cultural City given tough workout to keep his mind on job
Richard Gibson's colt, Cultural City, certainly has some attitude and yesterday was given a thorough workout with blinkers on in a 1,050m dirt trial.
Olivier Doleuze revved the three-year-old up in the straight to make sure he won his all-weather track test, but only after the 67-rated Private Purchase showed some unpredictable manners.
Cultural City jumped out of the gates awkwardly in his last trial on the turf, his second since arriving from New Zealand, causing some trouble for those around him, but getting down to business after the initial antics. This time he seemed to leave the machine fairly, but then put in a few hops about and proceeded to trial a tad keenly.
After turning, Doleuze got Cultural City to let down in a decent manner and he hit the line hard, albeit under strong urgings, the blinkers seeming to at least bring about a more energetic finish.
On debut in at Matatmata last October, Cultural City had to be pushed to keep touch with the leading group in a 1,200m maiden before finishing fourth. When the blinkers went on second start over 1,400m at Ellerslie, the son of Elusive City travelled much more kindly and, after getting a box seat run, railed up for a soft win.
Cultural City was one of a trio of interesting triallists for Gibson, the others being Space Race (Tim Clark) and Leeli's Star (Doleuze), who both contested the opening heat of the morning.
With Flying Blue (Andreas Suborics) winning the heat, both of Gibson's horses equipped themselves well, with Leeli's Star second and Space Race, after bouncing quickly but knocking up in the straight, third.