The Kris Lees trained Tactical Advantage clicked up his ninth victory when taking out the $150,000, listed De Bortoli Wins Takeover Target Stakes (1200m) at Gosford on Thursday after a well timed ride by Brenton Avdulla to defeat Easy Eddie on the line.
The race was set up for the field by Deploy and Josh Parr setting a good pace and leading by 1 1/2L at the 600m. Easy Eddie and apprentice Robbie Dolan stalked in second one out while the Kris Lees trained Tactical Advantage and Avdulla were back in the field.
Deploy was showing his pace from old into the main straight, but then 250m from home he faded quickly. Dolan sent Easy Eddie out to lead and they looked to have the race, however, Avdulla had set Tactical Advantage off in pursuit down the middle of the track.
In the final strides Tactical Advantage (57kg) caught Easy Eddie (Super Easy) (55kg) and Dolan with Isaurian (Exceed And Excel) (54kg ) and Kerrin McEvoy the best of the rest. The margins were a long neck and 2 3/4L.
The time was 1.08.86 on the Good 3 track with the final 600m in 34.63. Tactical Advantage paid $4.60 on fixed odds and $4.40 on the tote.
Tactical Advantage and Brenton Avdulla overtake Easy Eddy and apprentice Robbie Dolan, picture Stevehart.com.au
“On these types of tracks when the leaders go really fast he is a very good horse. It is good to win a stakes race with this horse for his great group of owners,” said Lees.
Lee said that Tactical Advantage will now have a spell.
Since July Tactical Advantage has raced eight times, won four of those starts, placed second twice and fourth once.
Tactical Advantage, a five-year-old Bel Espirt gelding out of the Encosta de Lago mare Above Perfection, has now earned stakes of $553,925 for the ownership group of Australian Bloodstock, O C D Racing, Mr S A Baker, Mr R B Grofos, Mr M Hughes, Mr D Clifford, Mr D L Forward, Mr S J Novak, Mr R Conkey, Shire Racing, All In 3, Mr A G Smith, Mr B J Paterson, Mr J Gabbiadini, Mr S M Clark, Mr D Lewis and Boys Club Syndicate.
The Bjorn Baker trained Sir Plush (NZ) (Pins) took out the listed Gosford Cup (2100m) carrying 54kg under Glyn Schofield over taking Satono Rasen (JPN) (Deep Impact) with 56.5kg under James McDonald on the line.
Satono Rasen took a margin on the field at the top of the min straight and Sir Plush hauled him back to claim the win.
Fabrizio (High Chaparral) (59kg) and Josh Parr led for most of the trip and help on for third with the $2.90 favourite Roman Son and Kerrin McEvoy fourth.
The win took Sir Plush’s earnings to just under the half million mark at $496,085.
Sir Plush (NZ) and Glyn Schofield with Satono Rasen (JPN) and James McDonald inside, picture Stevehart.com.au