Lazy Gift Is Gift knows how to seal the deal

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 08 May, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 08 May, 2011, 12:00am


The Almond Lee-trained Gift Is Gift impressed absolutely no-one with his work leading into yesterday's Arculli Trophy, but jockey Zac Purton knew there was nothing fresh about that story.

The son of Thorn Park has been to the races three times for three wins now after bouncing outside the lead and putting away the smart Adoration and Kyara with some authority in the run down the straight.

'But you would never pick him as a good horse from his trackwork,' said Purton.

'It was my first race ride on him but I've been on him quite a lot on the track of a morning and it is just no guide to him at all.

'He's extremely laidback and doesn't spend a lot of energy in training.

'He switches on for race day and that is the kind of temperament that smart horses have and it is going to help him climb the ladder.'

Gift Is Gift had sat behind in his first two wins for Gerald Mosse, but from gate nine, Purton had him quickly out and running yesterday on a track that was showing favouritism to horses on pace, due to the amount of kickback being thrown up.

'The race was over by halfway,' Purton said. 'He just put himself in the right spot and let down nicely.

'I said he was laidback in his work, well he was pretty laidback in the race, too, - having a look around and quite casual about it but he still came clear and I have a lot of respect for the horse he beat. 'The 1,200m is ideal for him right now but, with the attitude that he has, I have no doubt he'll get 1,400m later. No problem.'

In-form Purton has been picking up virtually a winner a meeting lately, with 12 successes in the past six weeks, and travels to Adelaide today for Group One rides in the South Australian Derby and the Goodwood Handicap at Morphettville racecourse.