Warwick Farm trainer Joe Pride has landed back-to-back $100,000, listed Takeover Target Stakes victories at Gosford thanks to a flashing last-ditch effort from See The World on Friday.
The five-year-old was posted wide for most of the 1200m, but wound up superbly in the final 100m to pip a gallant Beyond Pardon and Sutton Queen.
Pride won last year’s renewal with stable star Title and said See The World’s effort today was massive.
“He had to come from off the pace and he has been in really good form this preparation,” Pride said.
“I was keen to come here once I saw the small field and the good draw for this horse, if it was a big field it might have been a bit too hard a task but with the small field he doesn’t have as much field to make up.
“I thought the extra 100m [from the June Stakes] was going to suit him a lot better than the opposition today and the wet track is not problem.”
See The World had only raced at Gosford once before – in April of 2010 where he notched his maiden victory.
Since then he’s done most of his work in Sydney, most recently running fourth to this afternoon’s hot favourite Alberton Park in the June Stakes (1100m). The disappointing Alberton Park could only manage sixth.
Jockey Christian Reith was happy to sit back on See The World while My Cookie Monster and Prince Monashee set a hasty pace up forward.
Beyond Pardon (54.5kg) (Invincible Spirit) and Corey Brown hit the front in the straight and looked destined to deliver trainer Robert Smerdon a winner on his first trip to Gosford, before Reith heaved his horse home out wide.
Sutton Queen (54kg) (Beautiful Crown) and Grant Buckley were third. The margins were a neck and a half-head. The time was 1.12.96 on the Slow 6 track with the final 600m in 37.11. See The World paid $5.40 on NSW TAB.
“I couldn’t go on the inside he definitely did not want to go there,” Reith said.
“It’s good to get some money back as last time I rode him I got [suspended for] three weeks, so I am glad I didn’t have anyone outside me today.
“He has really come back in good form this horse and Joe has done a fantastic job with him he has matured and seems a better horse. He is doing a lot better things this time in and we will win more races with him.”
Pride is now contemplating a start in the $130,000 Ramornie Handicap (1200m) at Grafton next month.
“He is a chance for the Ramornie, he is not the best traveller but he is in really good form and if I thought I was going to get a soft track up there I would look at it,” Pride said.
“I just have to weigh all the options up but he is particularly good on wet tracks.”
See The World is a five-year-old by Danzero out of the Spinning World mare Global Dance and this was his sixth win for prominent owner Peter Horwitz and Greenwich Stud Syndicate managed by G 7 Mrs L Perry. With six placings he has earned stakes of $260,650.
The gelding was purchased for $120,000 at the 2008 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale when presented by his breeder, the Sangster family's Swettenham Stud.
One of four winners for the two-year-old winning and city performed Spinning World mare Global Dance, See the World is a half brother to the group performed, four time winner Boys on Tour.
Global Dance is from the Group One winning Kaapstad mare Love Dance and is therefore from the same family as Hula Chief, Sir Midas, Tip the Wink and I've Got Rhythm.