The first at Rosehill on Saturday, the $60,000, TAB Highway Handicap (1100m), had drama from the top of the straight with two senior riders Corey Brown and Tye Angland riding hard on Another Sin and Lifesaver respectively.
There was 6kg weight difference between Another Sin with 53kg and Lifesaver with 59kg, added to which the Duporth three-year-old gelding trained by Brett Cavanough at Scone was starting for the first time, plus he has been backed from $14 on Wednesday all the way into $3.20 by race time.
Another Sin and Corey Brown on the rails with Lifesaver (NZ) and Tye Angland outside, picture Sportpix.com.au
There was a lot at stake including the two riders who are not shy of keeping their mounts up to the task.
Brown sent Another Sin to the lead from barrier two and Angland camped Lifesaver outside from barrier three. They stayed together into the main straight. With 250m to run Lifesaver was alongside Another Sin on the rails and then crucially went in on the inside horse. They separated and continued the stride by stride battle. Just before the line Brown urged Another Sin to keep going and they drifted out against Lifesaver pushing the two of them out before they separated again.
The margin at the line was a short head and the connections of Lifesaver (NZ) (Helmet) protested. In essence Brown argued, successfully, that he had been pushed in at the 250m unbalancing his mount and preventing him from gaining a better leading margin and that the outward push close to the line was no different, therefore he should keep the race.
The Racing NSW stewards’ agreed and Another Sin became the first winner of a Highway Handicap to be a first starter, and possibility the best wagering plunge.
At the line, picture Stevehart.com.au
Cavanough explained that Another Sin, out of the Fantastic Light mare Sin Sin Sin and purchased by Cavanough at the 2016 Magic Millions Yearling Sale for $65,000 from the draft of Kitchwin Hills, had gone shin sore at two and that he subsequently taken his time with the gelding.
That patience brought a reward, outside of the market plunge, of a stake of $33,300 plus a BOBS bonus of $11,250.
Prince Jacko (Denman) with apprentice Andrew Adkins, carrying 55.5kg, was third, the margin 3L.
The race was franked by a smart 33.98 final 600m sectional time with the overall time 1.04.87 on the Good 3 track.
Brett Cavanough, picture Sportpix.com.au
Angland gained a victory shortly after when bringing home the Kim Waugh trained King Viv (NZ) to win the $100,000, Fairfield RSL Club Bm 80 Handicap (2000m), the five-year-old Falkirk gelding’s first metropolitan win.
King Viv had been consistent with three wins and three placings from his previous 11 starts for stakes of $78,910, however the step up to the metro win added another $54,000.
Angland carefully brought King Viv (58kg) into the race eventually overcoming the early leader Multifacets (NZ) (58.5kg) and Tommy Berry and Not A Gypsy (57.5kg) and Blake Shinn who were third and second respectively at the line.
The margins were 3/4L and a short head with the time 2.03.29 and the final 600m in 34.86. King Viv paid $10,00 on fixed odds and $8.80 on the tote.
The well backed favourite Vaucluse Bay, from $3 into $1.70, lost his action at the top of the straight after challenging in second. He went wide off the turn and Corey Brown did not persevere further in the straight.
Tye Angland, picture Sportpix.com.au
Angland made it a winning double when he guided Badajoz to win the Dooleys Bm 94 Handicap (1100m). The Godolphin Commands five-year-old gelding has raced consistently since May winning once and placing second twice before coming fifth in the listed Ramornie Handicap over 1200m at Grafton on July 12th.
The race turned out another slick sectional with the final 600m in 33.90 and the race time 1.04.06. Angland waited until the final stages before asking Badajoz (57kg) to go clear and the timing was perfect with a long head victory over Denmagic (Denman) (59kg) and Brown with Selita (Shaft) (53kg) and Berry in third, the margin 3/4L.
TAB Highway Handicap
Fairfield RSL Club Handicap, photo finish pictures ATC