Godolphin’s Pandemic made a very swift step up to metropolitan company winning the $125,000 Everest Carnival Bm70 Handicap (1100m) on the Kensington track at Randwick on Saturday.
The Sepoy three-year-old gelding had won on debut over 1000m at Wyong on July 23rd showing a turn of foot that put paid to the field by 1 1/4L.
The stable then waited until Saturday to produce Pandemic again with punters remembering the debut win backing him into $2.00 on fixed odds and $1.90 on the tote.
Once Tommy Berry had extracted Pandemic (53kg) from the inside from the 250m the race was over in strides with the gelding sprinting clear with the winning margin another 1 1/4L.
The quality of the win was franked by the race time of 1.02.07 on the upgraded Good 3 track being a new track record. The final 600m was covered in 33.20 with Pandemic’s time 32.37 and his final 200m in 10.63
Maddi Rocks (Fastnet Rock) (52kg) and Kathy O’Hara were second after looking threatening until Pandemic unleashed his sprint with Exotic Ruby (Snitzel) (53.5kg) and Brenton Avdulla third, the margin 1L.
Pandemic is out of the Marauding mare Cataclysm and he is the half to Group 1 winner Earthquake. He looks to have sufficient ability to create his own earth movements.
Pandemic and Tommy Berry stride off to the line, picture Sportpix.com.au
Everest Handicap, photo finish picture ATC