Punters were caught out at Rosehill on Saturday with the first of a number of firm favourites for the programme, Rotator at $1.50, being defeated by $10.20 shot Enforcement in the $125,000, Australian Turf Club Handicap (1100m) for two-year-old’s.
The win was set in motion from the moment the barriers opened and Enforcement (55kg) under Tommy Berry broke from barrier eight and subsequently found themselves in the lead. Berry guided the I Am Invincible gelding across to the rails and they controlled the race from that position.
Berry steadied the pace across the top straight with Rotator (55.5kg) racing fiercely for Jason Collett tracking the leader. Memphis Rock (carried 56kg) and apprentice Blaike McDougall were outside the leader as they swung for the run home.
Berry increased the tempo a fraction passing the 400m with a 1L margin already on Memphis Rock and the rest under pressure and then with 250m to run he urged Enforcement forward and the race was in the bag through to the line.
The winning margin was 1 3/4L to Rotator (Not A Single Doubt) with Intrepidacious (Shooting To Win) (54.5kg) and Christian Reith in third, the margin a further 1 3/4L. Memphis Rock was fourth.
The time was 1.05.33 on the Soft 5 track with the final 600m in 34.88. Enforcement paid $10.00 on fixed odds.
It was the second win in succession for Enforcement after winning his maiden over 900m at Newcastle on May 28th.
Enforcement and Tommy Berry with Rotator and Jason Collett chasing, picture Sportpix.com.au
“He gave me a great feel. Going into the race it was a very difficult race to work out on paper, there looked to a bit of speed in it and Paul left it pretty open to me as to what to do. He just said to keep in mind that he cannot do it at both ends,” said Berry.
“He obviously made up my mind very quickly when he jumped so well. I was able to get across and get a couple of cheap sectionals. Holding him right up into the straight he felt like the winner a long way from out and he could not have been any more impressive than that.”
“Tommy summed it up pretty early when he got across and had that nice soft run. We have always through a bit of him. It is his second run back as a gelding with not a lot of downtime keeping him ticking over and he has come back with two really nice confident boosting wins,” said
“He is only a little framed horse , but he has some strength about him. Look he is a two-year-old which is why he is up and running so early and he is doing a good job.
“We will just keep chipping away with those early races back as a three-year-old up his ally, those 1000m, 1100m races leading up to The Rosebud. Obviously he is not going to run in the Golden Rose, but he can certainly make his presence felt in those early races,” he said.
Enforcement, out of the Snitzel mare Express Power, after four starts has earned stakes of $109,365 for owners Newgate S F, China Horse Club Racing Pty Ltd, Horse Ventures, Winstar Farm Llc, Newgate Bloodstock, Mr D W Wallace, Mrs A C Freedman and G1G Racing and Breeding.
Matters did not get any better for punters in the following race, the $75,000, TAB Highway Class 3 Plate (1500m), when the Norm Gardner trained Upper House (Zariz) under Deanne Panya won paying $34.00 on fixed odds and $41.60 on the tote.
Upper House had being racing well with recent placings at Goulburn, but the win had not been expected by supporters until Panya, replacing the injured Rachel King, sent him down the middle of the track to win with a 1/2L margin.
Zardoro (Medaglia d’Oro) and Sam Clipperton, who could not gain clear racing room until it was too late, were second with Onemore Sapphire (Onemorenomore) and Chris O’Brien third, the margin a half-neck. That set up a quinella of $244.50 and trifecta of $4,385.00. The $3.20 favourite, Galapagos, was sixth.
Deanne Panya, picture Sportpix.com.au
Australian Turf Club Handicap
TAB Highway, photo finishes ATC