The Gai Waterhouse-Adrian Bott stable continued its dominance of Saturday's Rosehill Gardens program in Sydney when Broadside (NZ) (by Raise The Flag) proved to be an emphatic winner of the $125,000, Listed, ATC Cup (2000m).
Already responsible for two winners at the same card earlier in the day, Broadside rang-up a hat-trick of victories for the training partnership when being produced at the top of the straight in the metric 10-furlong event before proving much too strong for his opponents over the closing stages, after a relatively brief tussle with the eventual runner-up Lord Kingsley (by I An Invincible) at the ‘furlong’ mark.
Third home in the event was Montauk (by More Than Ready) after staying on strongly over the closing stages to claim the minor placing.
In fact the story of the race was that the first three horses home had raced off the pace in the early stages before mounting their challenges on rounding the home turn.
The opening stanza of the contest had witnessed top-weight Fabrizio assume his customary pacesetting role, with Savapinski — the third of three Waterhouse-Bott runners — sitting in close contention.
However, no sooner had the pair turned for home and they had been overtaken, with Tim Clark aboard subsequent winner Broadside appearing to have a lap full of horse underneath him.
Broadside went on to score by two clear lengths, with a further two-and-quarter lengths separating second and third.
Broadside (NZ) and Tim Clark, picture Sportpix.com.au
Official starting prices of the first three home were $6.50 Broadside, $18.00 Lord Kingsley, and $17.00 Montauk.
The time for the race was a very sedate 2m05.09s, with the final 600m sectional being recorded as 36.25s on a deteriorating Rosehill Good 4.
An all-the-way winner of the Group 3 NJC Newcastle Cup (2300m) in September, Broadside is raced by Mr A Konstantatos, Mrs S Lilley, Mr D W Lilley, Ms B Nixon, Mr I W Patrick, Mrs C M Patrick, Mr D Healey, Mr S C Rose, Ms J Singleton, Mrs S A Hardie, Mr B Cross, Mr M Sinclair, Mr C J Bell, Mrs A Konstantatos and Mrs S E Healey has now won seven of his 16 career starts for $398,326 in earnings.
A slow maturing 6-year-old by the unheralded South Island of New Zealand-based stallion Raise The Flag, Broadside looks the ideal type of galloper to follow in the traditional staying contests staged in Sydney during the Festive period.
Outside of the runners already mentioned, 2017 Albury Cup winner Green Sweet ran a very encouraging race considering the fact that the import was first-up from a 21-week spell. Trained by Jean Dubios, Green Sweet is another proven black-type performer likely to figure in the feature middle-distance events to be staged in Sydney in the coming weeks.
Tim Clark, picture Sportpix.com.au
ATC Cup, photo finish picture ATC