STANDING TALL: Kaputskis edges out rival Vice Versa to take the $6000 XXXX Gold Cup Maiden Plate (1310m) at Ballina’s Boxing Day meeting yesterday.
STANDING TALL: Kaputskis edges out rival Vice Versa to take the $6000 XXXX Gold Cup Maiden Plate (1310m) at Ballina’s Boxing Day meeting yesterday. Doug Eaton

Kaputski delivers late Christmas present with Boxing Day win

BALLINA'S Boxing Day meeting could have been the day when Kaputski finally grew up.

The four-year-old produced a solid run to win the $6000 XXXX Gold Maiden Plate (1310m) at yesterday's non-TAB meeting

It was the first win in six outings for the bay gelding, who only returned from a six-month stint on the sidelines at Dalby earlier this month.

Trainer Kelly Purdy said she had endured some problems with the horse, but was now hopeful this could be the start of bigger and better things.

"He is a big kid really," she said.

"He has been a slow learner. He has been a bit nervy and does a few things you don't want in a horse.

"I think he is improving (and) I'm hoping he will settle down now he can draw on a bit more.

"I think he'll win a few more races."

The horse justified its $2.50 favourite tag, streaking clear down the straight to edge out Vice Versa by one-and-a-half-lengths.

Enabling, trained by Ballina's Danny Bowen, was third. It was a welcome win for Gold Coast-based Purdy, who has experienced different ends of the racing spectrum.

The 42-year-old was a notable jockey for about 26 years before deciding to become a trainer.

"I stopped rising on a high at least, with lots of winners," she said.

"It's definitely a bigger buzz riding the winners. You can't beat that.

"With the training, there's more social life and you get to meet some lovely owners. I love seeing the owners happy when we get a winner for them."

Purdy said the horse would likely get another run at a Northern Rivers track in the near future.



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