Tulloch Lodge provided the three-year-old winners at the Australian Turf Club’s Queens Birthday meeting on the Kensington track at Randwick on Saturday and the Club itself provided a winner with the new turf track playing very well after 120mm of rain over the last seven days.
The track was rated a Heavy 8 at scratching time and was upgraded to a Soft 7 before racing. A further upgrade to a Soft 6 was made when racing commenced and the jockeys were complimentary of the way the track was presented.
“Brilliant job”, said James McDonald after he won the second race on Wide Spread Panic.
“The track is holding up well. Let’s hope it can continue to hold up well with more racing,” said Kerrin McEvoy after his win on Dealmaker, echoing the thoughts of all, with additional praise for Randwick Racecourse Manager Nevish Ramdhani and his track team.
First onto the inner track on Monday were the maiden three-year-old colts and geldings in the $50,000, Casino Prince @ Vinery Handicap (1400m) and the Waterhouse and Bott trained Foreign Territory (NZ) showed the benefit of patience.
The Tavistock gelding under Adam Hyeronimus was much too good in the straight to win with 3L in hand in his second race start.
A Ready To Run purchase at Karaka, Foreign Territory, out of the Pins mare Pinzee, had taken time to come to himself according to both managing owner Scott Darby and co-trainer Adrian Bott.
“A work in progress,” Darby explained with mention to the patience of the ownership syndicate.
“He has a lot of upside and he will go through his grades,” said Bott.
The patience may well be further rewarded as Foreign Territory heads towards his four-year-old career.
Next up the three-year-old maiden fillies raced in the Book Spring Hospitality Now Handicap (1400m) and Waterhouse and Bott claimed this race as well.
The well-bred Fastnet Rock Wide Spread Panic under McDonald definitely did not follow her name with a smooth progression all race that saw her lengthen well under McDonald going to the line with a comfortable 2 1/4L in hand.
The win was also McDonald’s first at Randwick since his return to riding after completing his term of disqualification for a wagering offence.
“A nice win and she is still learning. There is a lot of scope to go over further and she too will go through her grades,” said Bott.
McDonald also commented that the filly was still learning.
“She travelled really well, it was a bit like a track work gallop. She has a lot to learn and she is on and off the bridle,” he said.
From her four starts Wide Spread Panic has earned stakes of $50,790 from the win and two earlier seconds.
The TAB Handicap (1550m) for two-year-old’s was won by a Dundeel colt Dealmaker from Chris Waller’s stable for Star Thoroughbreds.
It was the third race start for Dealmaker and the colt showed courage to be headed by Morpheus under McDonald on his outside to then respond well to McEvoy’s direction. Dealmaker stretched out again to claim the race with a long neck suggesting an interesting spring over further distance might be in store for him.
“A bright staying future,” summed up Waller.
“When challenged he fought strongly to the line. No doubt there is further improvement to come,” added McEvoy.
Dealmaker, out of the Redoute’s Choice mare Sport Chic, has earned his syndicate $42,130 to assist in his development for attempts at higher honours in a few months.
Note - Waterhouse and Bott combined with Hyeronimus to claim a winning treble for the programme after Hyeronimus rode Penske to lead all the way in the Half Yearly Membership Bm 75 Handicap (1500m). The well-named Sebring four-year-old gelding was much too good with a gear change in the main straight that left the rest stranded a long way out from the line. Waterhouse and Bott added a fourth with the Rachel King ridden Alassio in the ATC Owner Benefits Card Bm 78 Sprint (1100m)
Casino Prince @ Vinery Handicap
Book Spring Hospitality Now Handicap
TAB Handicap, photo finish pictures ATC