The spring has been a story of development for the Chris Waller trained three-year-old filly Aonair and it concluded with a second metropolitan win when she won the $40,000 Blakes Marine Bm 66 Handicap (1800m) at the ATC’s meeting at Hawkesbury on Wednesday.
A win over 1400m at Warwick Farm on September 6th gave through to trying higher company, but Aonair was not ready so the stable came back to the mid-week race and the plan worked well after a careful ride by Tye Angland.
Angland settled Aonair (59kg) in sixth racing one out as Lucky Jackson (55.5kg) and Tim Clark took up the running in the seven horse field. There was chopping and changing of pace but eventually Lucky Jackson and Huang Yaoshi with Glyn Schofield stepped the tempo with 600m to run.
This gave Angland the drag into the race he wanted and off the final turn he took Aonair to the outside of the field and set off after Lucky Jackson who was left in front when Huang Yaoshi folded quickly.
Aonair wound her way up to a steady pace and she a then able to sustain that with Angland keeping her posted when required that the line had not been reached. They went past Lucky Jackson and then away to a 1L win under 59kg.
Lucky Jackson (Casino Prince) and Clark kept second with plenty in hand over Tinkermosa (NZ) (57kg) (Alamosa) and Jeff Penza, the margin 1 3/4L.
The time was 1.48.72 on the Good 3 track with the final 600m in 34.05. Aonair paid $3.60 on fixed odds and $3.40 on the tote.
“The strong tempo suited her and she has another city win to her name. She can go out now and come back a better mare,” said Charlie Duckworth, spokesman for the Waller stable.
Aonair is by Fastnet Rock out of the Encosta de Lago mare Perfect Persuasion, who is a half-sister to the late Alinghi. Owned by Terry Jarvis the filly goes to the paddock with her two wins and three places from seven starts and stakes earnings of $88,685.
Angland made it back to back wins when he brought home Godolphin’s Tiki Bar to win the Hawkesbury Race Club Motel Plate (1300m) for maiden fillies and mares three-year-old’s and upwards.
The Sepoy filly was having her third race start after two earlier seconds and she was well supported early being backed from $2.25 into $1.70 and then there was a late flurry once the field was in the mounting yard with Chain Of Fools backed into $4.40 with Tiki Bar starting at $2.35.
However, Tiki Bar was able to accomplish the task for her supporters when Angland sent her away to take the lead with 200m to run. Angland said afterwards that he was not sure that the Good 3 track suited Tiki Bar, but she ‘did a good enough job’.
The margin was 1 /2L over Moonma (Uncle Mo) and Jay Ford with Chain Of Fools (More Than Ready) and Josh Parr third, the margin a nose. The time was 1.16.62 with the final 600m in a good 33.61.
Tiki Bar is out of the Anabaa mare Key Bar Night and she is a strong progressive type who, as Angland commented, will appreciate softer conditions, no doubt later into the autumn.
Tye Angland, picture Sportpix.com.au
Note - Angland made it a winning treble after taking the Hawkesbury Gazette Bm 66 Handicap (1100m) with Godolphin's three-year-old Exceed And Exce colt Marble to make it two wins from three starts for the colt.
The wins took Angland to 17 Sydney metropolitan winners to-date for the season, equal with Glyn Schofield and Jason Collett. Hugh Bowman leads the Sydney table with 30 wins.