Punters bet against another two-year-old winner for trainer Mark Newnham and another metropolitan winner by apprentice Robbie Dolan on the Kensington track at Randwick at the Queen’s Birthday holiday meeting on Monday, and lost.
Hinchinbrook filly Celestial Falls and Dolan won the $60,000, Winter Racing Handicap (1550m) with a late surge, paying $12.00 on fixed odds and $12.50 on the tote, for Dolan’s 39th Sydney metro win taking him to seventh place in the premiership and Newnham’s town tally went to 17.
Celestial Falls has everything going for her in the distance stakes being out the Dalakhani mare Rippled with Sadler’s Wells on her distaff side as well. A second over 1400m at Kembla Grange on June 1st showed she was appreciating the extra metres and with Dolan allowance she carried 52.5kg in Monday.
However it still took until the end of the trip on Monday for Celestial Falls to reach the front, but it had been a good sustained run down the main straight with Dolan judging the run well.
As the field fanned entering the straight the $3.60 favourite Bacchus (53.5kg) and Jay Ford were last and the widest of the eight horse field with work to do.
Further up front Hey Mighty (58.5kg) and Tim Clark led narrowly on the rails with Snowzone (57kg) and Blake Shinn outside. These two looked to have the decision in their hands, however, outside Secretively (56kg) and Rachel King were making progress with Celestial Falls and Dolan coming with them.
Bacchus could not make sufficient headway to challenge, Secretively’s run faltered and it was left to Celestial Falls to make her late dash and pass Hey Mighty (Fastnet Rock) and Clark and Snowzone (Snitzel) and Shinn inside.
The margins were a neck and a long neck with the time 1.33.37 on the Soft 6 track and the final 600m in 35.60. Bacchus finished sixth.
Celestial Falls, racing in the Darby syndicate silks, was racing for the third time and her win and second have earned stakes of $47,650 for the ownership group of Mr M D Holland, Mr J N Allen, Mr D Grasso, Mr J A Green, Mrs K M McNally, Mr A K Martin, Mr I F Napier, Ms L Nicol, Mr W Pantel, Mr L Papamichalakis, Mrs R Rowhead, Coogee Old Boys, Galvin, Darby Racing Rippled No. 2 and Mr W Light.
Dolan’s win also added a further margin in the Sydney apprentice premiership with Dolan leading over Sam Weatherley’s 24 wins.
Winter Racing Handicap, photo finish picture ATC