Gold Standard makes his mark

The Waterhouse and Bott stable produced two potentially progressive three-year-old colts at Canterbury on Wednesday, first Runway to win over 1500m – additional report, and secondly Gold Standard to win the $40,000, Plate (1250m).

Both had the stable traits of being able to race on the pace and then step away from the field. Gold Standard under Tim Clark sat outside Byzantium, racing fiercely for Corey Brown, until the main straight. The $1.90 favourite Smartedge and Blake Shinn were outside these two with Absolute and Tye Angland behind.

Smartedge drifted wide off the turn and Angland sent Absolute into the gap. Byzantium tried hard to keep alongside Gold Standard, but Clark forged ahead and by the 125m mark they were not troubled by the others where either dropping back or making late runs.

Clark kept the Sebring colt up to his work and the margin at the line was 1 1/4L to Absolute (Street Cry) and Angland with a fast finishing duo of Smooth Landing (Snitzel) and Christian Reith and Wild About Her coming to contest third with the former taking the place, the margin a half-neck.

The time was 1.13.90 on the upgraded Good 3 track with the final 600m in 35.43. Gold Standard paid $2.60 on fixed odds and $2.40 on the tote.

Smartedge had been backed from $2.90 into $2 on Wednesday morning with wagers going amiss including $300 @ $2.90, $200 @ $2.90, $6,000 @ $2.70 (averaged out), $1,000 @ $2.40, $800 @ $2.40, $600 @ $2.40, $2,000 @ $2.30 and $500 @ $2.20.

“He is a really nice colt for us going forward. He has nice ability and has showed plenty of class all the way through. He did a few things wrong today and he looked to over-race a touch and wobble round the turn a little bit, but I loved the way when he finally balanced up he really lengthened stride and quickened away nicely,” said co-trainer Adrian Bott.

Bott said that he thought Gold Standard would measure up to a higher grade, in particular when he races over longer distances.

“He ran into a pretty good one on debut (Additive Nature) and he showed today that he has good talent himself,” said Clark.

Gold Standard, out of the Greig mare Coniston Gem, was racing for the second time for owners, West Australian based Craig Thompson’s Mt Hallowell Stud and DKM Walpole. The second at Warwick Farm on debut and the maiden win on Wednesday have earned stakes of $41,450. Plate, photo finish picture ATC