Former broadcaster David Raphael had an entertaining and successful hour on Saturday after two fillies in his yellow, red stripes and white sleeves silks won at separate tracks, first up was Problem Solver in the Magic Millions Maiden Plate (1200m) at the Gold Coast and second Pendeloque in the $100,000, 2018 ATC Membership Bm 71 Handicap (1000m) at Randwick.
Problem Solver, by Hinchinbrook, claimed her first victory on the Gold Coast from four starts with the other starts all resulting in seconds. Back at Randwick Pendeloque, by Snitzel, went into her sixth start with two wins and two second to her name.
Pendeloque carried 56.5kg courtesy of apprentice James Innes Jnr’s allowance and certainly that assisted her over her rivals, but Innes capably handled her in the path to the line.
At the top of the straight Innes had the filly ready to challenge the leader Puppet Master with Glyn Schofield with Kennedy (61kg) on their outside tracking their every move. From Within (59kg) and Jay Ford were outside these two with a similar plan of stalking as collectively they went up and over the hill.
Innes waited and then with good timing he pushed Pendeloque out with some 300m to run and they took a narrow lead that was always under threat from the two outside.
However, as much as Kennedy and From Within tried, the filly inside them tried harder. Under the direction of Innes she kept them at bay for the rest of the trip to have a neck in hand at the line despite being galloped on.
From Within (Not A Single Doubt) and Ford were second over Kennedy (Exceed And Exel) and Schofield in third with the margin a half-head.
The time was 57.43 on the Good 4 track with the final 600m in 33.57. Pendeloque paid $4.40 on fixed odd and $4.10 on the tote as favourite.
Pendeloque and apprentice James Inne Jnr lead out From Within and Jay Ford (4) with Kennedy and Glyn Schofield between them, picture Sportpix.com.au
“There would not be a horse in the country who tries as hard as this filly, she is no world beater, but you can lead on her, you can take a sit and she came from second last when she won her maiden at Kembla. She just eats her feed and puts her ears back, she is a little star,” said Blake Ryan for the Ryan stable at Rosehill with Blake’s father Gerald looking after matters on the Gold Coast.
“She is a great filly to train and have around the place and James gets along with her really well. It is great to get another winner today for David with the maiden winner at the Gold Coast already.
“She is hard to measure as every time you go to the races with her she belies her ability. Her work has been really good and we came here the other day (win at Randwick December 30th) and thought she was close to a good thing off her work.
“So it was hard to gauge, she was fitter today. When she went to Kembla we thought she could win and she brained them and in her other runs last prep in town she kept lifting herself. She has come back twice now to win so we will aim at a race like the Light Fingers,” he said.
“I said after her last start if you had a stable full of her you would be happy and she tried her heart out again. I felt her get galloped on at a crucial stage and I put the stick away and she was giving one hundred and ten percent anyway. It was about getting her balanced and she pins her ears back and does not want to the beaten,” said Innes.
The $200,000. Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) for three-year-old fillies is at Randwick on February 17th, the same day at the $250,000, Group 2 WFA Apollo Stakes (1400m) which is the likely start for Winx for her new campaign.
Pendeloque, out of the Jugah mare White Diamonds, has now earned stakes of $202,900 while up on the Gold Coast Problem Solver has $168,990 in her account.
Apprentice James Innes Jnr, picture Sportpix.com.au
ATC Membership Bm 71 Handicap, photo finish picture ATC