True Detective claims Up And Coming Stakes on protest

True Detective won the $160,000, Group 3 The Luxury Network Up And Coming Stakes (1300m) at Randwick on Saturday, but not without having to search for the result in the Racing NSW stewards’ room to win a protest that first past the post Superium had impeded his run.

The margin at the line was a head with Superium (54.5kg) having the race from the 200m racing three out from the rails with the Chris Waller trained True Detective (55.5kg) further out in the middle. At around the 20m mark Superium, with Glen Boss, came out towards True Detective, with James McDonald, and Boss had to take corrective action to haul his mount off the outside runner.

The stewards agreed that the inference was sufficient to reverse the result with True Detective, the $2.30 favourite, claiming the result to Boss’s chagrin and comment of 'it's a f....g joke' outside the stewards room. Boss was subsequently fined $1,000 for improper conduct by the stewards.

Superium and Glen Boss (red) close on True Detective and James McDonald, picture

Left 2L behind was Waller’s Lucicello (I Am Invincible) (55.5kg) with Tommy Berry and a fast closing Edison fourth.

The time was 1.15.59 on the Good 4 track with the final 600m in 33.83.

“He is still very green. He will eventually end up racing with blinkers on. He is not quite ready for them yet. He does a few things wrong, gets a bit keen. He will furnish into a decent horse,” said Waller.

“Probably not toward the Golden Rose. I think he can measure up against the better horses at some stage as a three-year-old," he added.

True Detective, a colt by Shamus Award out of the Geiger Counter mare Girls Rule, had led into the race with two seconds on Heavy 8 tracks and the return to the Good rating was to his liking with his debut win back in February over 1100m at Rosehill also on a Good track.

The two wins and two seconds from the four starts have yielded $163,250 for his owners Dr P H Hughes, Dr C M Rogers, Mr B J Rogers, Mr A Flay, Mr D L Petty, Mr C A Henschke, Mr D J Eales, Mr H De Jong, Mr G E Roddy, Mr B H Hughes and Mr D W Stafford.

Boss brings Superium back off True Detective, picture

What the beaten jockeys said:

Hugh Bowman (Athiri): “Good run.”

Tommy Berry (Lucicello): “She’s probably just come to the end of it, she showed that in a few little things she did today, but still another good run by her.”

Tim Clark (Mandela): “Fourth run first preparation, he might have just come to the end of it.”

Glen Boss (Superium): “He’s taken the necessary steps from his first up run, his appearance in the enclosure, he just looked a different horse.”

“Went to the barriers like a different horse to his first up run, still does things wrong, he’s got a little bit of upside, both fitness levels and mentally.”

“He’s a quality individual, especially when he gets out over a mile. He’s a really nice horse.”

Kathy O'Hara (Avon River): “It was a good run from her, she probably wants seven furlongs and a slightly easier race.”

Rachel King (Deference): “Went okay, just probably better suited to 1100m-1200m at the moment.”

Brenton Avdulla (Edison): “He ran terrific, he bungled the start so it forced my decision to go back, didn’t have a lot of daylight until late, but he ran super.”

Kerrin McEvoy (Famous): “He just never settled the first two furlongs.”

Sam Clipperton (Pandano): “No doubt he’s got some quality, just needs a little more match practice.”

Up And Coming Stakes, photo finish picture ATC