Hugh Bowman described Deprive as something of a adolescent delinquent, but the Denman four-year-old gelding stepped up with serous intent to come from last on the turn in the $125,000, Summer Racing Bm 76 Handicap (1100m) at Randwick on Saturday to come through the field and take his third win from six starts.
Deprive had started his new campaign with a third over 1000m at Warwick Farm on a Heavy 8 on November 29th as the $1.70 favourite and punters were cautious sending him out as the $5.00 second favourite with Military Zone with Mister Songman the $4.80 favourite.
Bowman took his time and settled Deprive (57kg) at the rear from the wide barrier of ten. Up front Ready To Prophet and Tim Clark led followed by Mad For Art and apprentice Jean Van Overmeire.
These two took the field into the main straight and Bowman sought out first Mister Songman (58kg) and Adam Hyeronimus and then he switched inside to follow Miss Toorak Flyer (56kg) and Corey Brown.
Brown sent Miss Toorak Flyer forward and the Mornington trainer mare went to a clear lead passing the 200m. They had Mister Songman covered racing out in the middle, but Deprive was coming fast into the gap left by Miss Toorak Flyer.
Deprive sustained the run with ease and with 75m to run he had the lead and the win by a long neck at the line. Miss Toorak Flyer (Toorak Toff) was a long head in front of Mister Songman (Your Song) for his second Sydney metropolitan placing in succession.
The time was 1.04.35 on the Soft 6 track with the final 600m in 34.76.
Deprive and Hugh Bowman, picture Sportpix.com.au
“He raced well. He might have been disappointing to punters last start when he was the beaten favourite over 1000m at Warwick Farm. I was actually really happy with his performance as he was not able to sustain the sprint at that speed. Up to 1100m on a bigger track he had more time to get organised. I had a nice run through but he really delivered when I needed him to,” said Bowman.
“He think he still has a bit of growing up mentally. He certainly has the talent but he is just a little immature mentally and he is in the best stable to get that out of him,” he added.
Deprive, out of the Canny Lad mare Defrock, is a Godolphin product and trainer James Cummings was just as pleased as Bowman.
“I am really proud of the horse as he was arguably disappointing for people first up off a relatively light preparation for his effort on a Heavy track at Warwick Farm. But once he got organised he let down really well and it was really solid backed by impressive sectionals. To deliver on a Saturday race is really exciting and the style in which he did it was exciting too,” he said.
Deprive has now earned stakes of $167,030.
The Kris Lees trained Star Reflection caused a more serious punting boilover that Deprive’s loose at Warwick Farm with the six-year-old mare winning for the first time in a year when taking the Catanach’s Bm 88 Handicap (1200m) under Tommy Berry.
Star Reflection chased down the $2.30 favourite Seasons and Tim Clark winning by a long head and paying $81.00 on fixed odds and $60.20 on the tote. There was plenty of rumbling at Randwick from surrounding storms, but little comment from stunned punters after the shock result.
Summer Racing Handicap
Catanach's Handicap, photo finish pictures ATC