MUCHEA trainer Alan Mathews’ Pounamu finished second in the Stone Motherless After the Races Handicap (1400m) at Ascot on Saturday, February 27.
About the 600m Pounamu was on the inside rail behind the rac leaders.
Danish Delight was in lead followed by Red Paddy, Highlander Boy and Conjob.
At this point Rikki Tikki Tavi just started to move up on the outside.
Pounamu seemed to have had a good run and also headed to the outside.
In the straight the four-year-old grey gelding was a good six lengths behind the leaders but noticeably picked up his pace.
With less than 250m to go Danish Delight was still hanging on to the lead.
Pounamu finished with a big burst of speed but Danish Delight managed to cling on for a win.
After the race chief steward Brad Lewis said the race favourite could be in for a gear change.
“Pounamu was laying in late and we may see a gear change for Pounamu going forward to it’s next race,’’ he said.