The gritty win made for a great weekend for the stable, three winners and a placing coming from our seven runners over four days.
Described as a ‘lazy’ trackworker by Daniel, a gear addition and strong ride were big factors in his debut success.
“He is a very lazy worker at home and we knew we needed to switch him on with the addition of blinkers, topping it off was a great ride by Declan (Bates), he needed a strong rider.”
Backing up Daniel’s words were a couple of uninspiring jumpouts leading up to the race, the above additions working beautifully to reward owners.
“Thankfully we got it right, it was terrific to reward his owners, we found the right race.”
Big odds were on offer in early markets, but the ‘smart’ punters soon launched to see him eventually start a well-backed $3.60 second favourite.
From barrier one, after a tardy start, Bates was able to drive up behind the leaders before peeling off into a striking position in the home straight.
Despite appearing to be struggling at the 200m mark, the gelding dug deep to be the strongest at the post, scoring by long neck over the Henry Dwyer trained Maid An Offer
By Heroic Valour, a son of champion producer Fastnet Rock he was sought by Bevan Smith Bloodstock at the 2022 Magic Millions QTIS Sale.
Congratulations to his connections!