A forward ride by Brenton Avdulla on Broadside Armour delivered the John O’Shea trained three-year-old a maiden win on debut in the $50,000, Territories @ Darley Handicap (1400m) at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.
Avdulla sent Broadside Armour to the front from barrier nine and they settled in the running just behind the leader Super Bon and Tim Clark. From the top of the main straight Avdulla was positive with Broadside Armour (58.5kg) again and they quickly took over the running opening up a 2L margin heading into the final 100m.
The $2.90 favourite California August (59kg) and James McDonald were second last turning for home and did well to make second, although 3/4L from Broadside Armour who was in no danger of defeat.
California August (Fastnet Rock) recorded another placing, the gelding’s fourth from six starts, and he was 1/2L ahead of Wicked Willy (Dream Ahead) (carried 51kg) and apprentice Brock Ryan in third.
The time was 1.23.82 on the Good 4 track with the final 600m in 35.13. Broadside Armour paid $5.50 on fixed odds and $6.40 on the tote.
“A nice result. I am riding for the right trainer, John’s horses have been humming over the last few weeks,” said Avdulla.
“This horse gave me plenty of confidence that other day and I was sure he would run well. The race was set up nicely for him. I went forward from the draw and took my time to get outside Timmy, but he got a little but lost half way up the straight but he hit the line nicely.
“He is a nice horse going forward. He is still a long way off from where he is going to be,” he said.
“This horse has a really bright future, he is still very green and learning what it is all about. He is quite a talent and I think once he had learned his craft he is going to have plenty to offer,” said O’Shea.
Broadside Armour is a gelding by Helmet out of the Dubai Destination mare Paeroa and he won off the back of two trials in which he was third both times, the last over 1030m with Avdulla up at Rosehill on December 30th.
The Champion Thoroughbreds syndicated runner owned by Mr J N Allen, Mr S A Miller, Mrs L Miller, Mr W P Kemp, Mr C A Kemp, Mr D G Chivas, Mr K Hemsworth, Mr M T Brown, Mr J D Kennedy, Mr S M Ross, Mr M N Roberts, Mr G B Lamont, Mr J C Broadbent, Mr F Broadbent, Mr V Musgrave, Mr D Scott, Vatican, Mr D W Higginbotham, Mr E Rawling and Mr P R Scott earned $22,000 for the win.
O’Shea made it a winning double when two races later the Sacred Falls filly All Saints Eve (NZ) won at her third start in the TAB Venue Mode Handicap (1400m) for three-year-old maiden fillies.
The filly responded well to a strong ride by Tom Marquand driving her out to a 3/4L margin over Rose To Victory and Tim Clark. Marquand was adding to his winning double at Randwick last Saturday with O’Shea praising his ability as a ‘exceptional young jockey’.
All Saints Eve came home quicker that the colts and geldings in the earlier race clocking 1.22.71 and 35.05.
The win rocked punters with All Saints Eve paying $61.00 on fixed odds and $48.60 on the tote setting off a Trifecta on the NSW tote of $13,355.90 and a First Four return of $31,494.70.
Territories @ Darley Handicap
TAB Venue Mode Handicap, photo finish pictures ATC