Two youngsters impressive in workout wins at Cambridge Raceway

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Two up and coming youngsters have both registered comfortable wins in workout races at Cambridge Raceway.

They are 2-year-olds Cormac Leo and Rustenburg, both of whom were acquired by Kyle Marshall Racing on behalf of owner syndicates last year.

Head of Racing Kyle Marshall says the pair are making good progress and after qualifying them, they’ll have a spell before going after some of the high profile 2-year-old feature events later this year.

Main photo: Rustenberg … an easy winner at the workouts.

Here’s how they went at the Cambridge workouts on Saturday January 15, 2022:

Cormac Leo

Bought at the 2021 National Standardbred Sales at Karaka, this Sweet Lou – Athena Matai bay colt was secured by KMR for $10,000 and syndicated.

Cormac Leo took out the workout event by 7 lengths, going to the lead on the first lap and then easing away in the run to the post.

Mobile Pace (Learners), 1700m

  1. Cormac Leo (driver/trainer Kyle Marshall)
  2. Mr President
  3. Delta Kilo

Margins: 7 lengths, 1 1/4 lengths
Times: Mile Rate: 2-03.3 Last 800m: 59.0. Last 400m: 29.8

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Rustenberg (Captaintreacherous — Northview Desire) was bought by KMR for $22,000 at the 2021 National Standardbred Yearling Sale in Christchurch last February, and syndicated to a group of owners.

The big bay colt accelerated from the outside of the gate to take the lead after 200m and then held that position till the winning post, with six lengths back to his nearest rival.

Mobile Pace (Learners), 1700m

  1. Rustenberg (driver/trainer Kyle Marshall)
  2. Redback Rocks
  3. Rockafilly

Margins: 6 lengths, 2 lengths
Times: Mile Rate: 2-02.4 Last 800m: 58.6. Last 400m: 29.7

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Another workout winner

At the same workouts, the KMR-trained Sweet Treat won over 2200m in her preparation for a new race campaign.

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