Premier’s Cup Prelude proves a cakewalk for Arbeitsam

The $100,000, ATC Merrylands RSL Club Premier’s Cup Prelude (1800m) turned into a one horse affair when $1.95 favourite Arbeitsam (by Snitzel) jumped straight to the lead and proceeded to run-out a near-five lengths winner.

A 4-year-old member of the Gai Waterhouse-Adrian Bott stable raced in the colours of Dynamic Syndications, Arbeitsam went into the contest with two wins and one second from three starts in July and further enhanced an impressive winning record with an emphatic victory.

Rated beautifully in front by Tommy Berry, Arbeitsam had his rivals off the bit with 600 metres of the contest still to run and quickly established an unassailable lead entering the Rosehill straight. The final furlong of the contest only saw the progressive son of Snitzel go further away from his rivals before passing the winning post appearing still full of running.

Arbeitsam officially finished the essay 4.8L clear of runner-up Classic Uniform (by Al Maher), with Sultan of Swing (NZ, by Bachelor Duke) making up good late ground to finish third some 0.8L further back.

Arbeitsam and Tommy Berry, picture

Starting prices of the first three horses home were $1.95 favourite, $12.00 and $14.00 respectively. Significantly, the final 600 metres of the contest was run in a very handy 34.64s on the Good 3 racing surface.

Arbeitsam races in a Dynamic Syndicate of owners comprising Mr P M Roberts, Ms M Roberts, Mr G J Timmony, Mr H Sookias, Mrs S Halliwell, Mr M A Wolens, Mr S P Loane, Mr D C Batchelor, Mr J Yianni, Mr J N Allen, Mrs C A Read, C J R Racing, Mr R J Gall, Mr N W Honey, Mr L Seminara, Mrs R C Budd, Mr G Rassos and Mr L Woolhouse. 

A $120,000 yearling sale purchase, Arbeitsam's 12 starts have now yielded five wins, two seconds and one third for $297,900 in prizemoney.

The performance of the runner-up Classic Uniform was as honest as ever and full of merit. Conceding 6.5kgs to the winner, the Gary Moore trained 5-year-old raced on the pace throughout the contest before battling on gamely for his second consecutive second placing.

The seasoned son of Al Maher has done little wrong at either of his past two starts and only needs a little leniency from the handicapper to breakthrough for a well deserved success.

Minor placegetter Sultan of Swing was racing beyond 1600m for the first time in his career and stayed on strongly over the 1800m trip. A maternal grandson of High Chaparral, he’s likely to prove just as competitive over 2000m and possibly further during the remainder of his career.

Premier's Cup Prelude, photo finish picture ATC