Supporters of Godolphin’s three-year-old colt Aramayo were not disappointed at Canterbury on Wednesday with a promising win in just his second start as he put away the field in the $40,000, TAB.com.au Handicap (1550m) with ease and some style.
Aramayo carried 59kg under Tye Angland but he made light work of the impost clearing out over the final 200m to win with a margin of 2 1/4L. Angland had to go three wide off the turn for clear running room, but once they had established that the race was over and with clear instruction from Angland the colt lengthened very well for the 1550m so early in the season.
The Waller pair of The Summit (So You Think) with 56kg under Jason Collett and Banteux (Dundeel) with 56.5kg under Hugh Bowman were head apart in second and third also showing early staying promise.
The time was 1.33.45 on the Good 4 track with the final 600m in 36.12. Aramayo paid $1.95 on fixed odds and $2.00 on the tote after being backed from $3.10.
“He is raw and he has a lot of improvement physically, but I loved the fact that he was able to come to Canterbury second up over 1500m and show that he has natural stamina to race away with it,” said trainer James Cummings.
“He is in a pool of a promising bunch of young horses that we have at the stable. He has been learning all the time, I was close to wanting to debut him last prep from Crown Lodge, but he has just come back into Warwick Farm and we have had him there for a few months and I can see the way the horse is learning all the time.
“It will be great to see him keep improving, but we will not rush him and we will find the right races on the way through,” he said.
“He was a little bit cheeky, even when he cantered off he was a little bit full of himself,” said Angland.
“When he got the front he had a good look so I think he is a very nice horse with plenty of upside. I think he has plenty of improvement, what he did today second start in a race and the way he gave me a good ride in the race it was good to me after doing a lot wrong cantering round,” he said.
Aramayo is by Poet’s Voice out of the Diktat mare Peruvian. The win on Wednesday was a good step up from his debut second at Kembla Grange over 1400m on July 21st. He has earned stakes of $39,010.
Another three-year-old looking for further ground was the Mark Newnham trained Smart Missile filly Maid Of Heaven who won the ATC Hong Kong Tour Plate (1250m).
Also on her second start after a fourth at Canterbury over 1200m on July 25th she was kept to the rear of the small five horse field by Tim Clark until the main straight. There Clark took the filly to the middle of the track and she collected sufficient speed to pass the field for a 1/2L margin win.
Newnham said that Maid Of Heaven would appreciate 1400m to 1600m and beyond, a view supported by Clark.
The three-year-old races were completed on Wednesday with the Hawkes’ trained well-bred Fastnet Rock filly Symi winning on debut against the Benchmark runners in the TAB Rewards Bm 69 Handicap (1250m).
The sister to Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes winner Catchy was sent to the lead by Tommy Berry and she had sufficient natural ability to hold off a charge from the rest at the line. Owned by Alan Bell the filly will surely progress to higher levels with her debut strong enough to dispatch better than maiden class runners and over 1250m first up.
It was the first win for Berry since returning from Hong Kong.
In other news on Wednesday TAB.com.au reported a wager on the Gerald Ryan trained Trapeze Artist for the $13m, The Everest (1200m) at $4.50. The Snitzel multiple Group 1 winner was fifth in a trial at Rosehill on Tuesday and remains the favourite for The Everest at $4.50.
ATC Hong Kong Tour Plate
TAB Rewards Handicap, photo finish pictures ATC