The Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott trained Czarson (by Stratum) raced right into Magic Millions 2YO Classic calculations with a pillar-to-post victory in the $125,000, Roadwork Solutions Handicap (1200m), a 2-year-old event which opened Saturday’s Rosehill Gardens program in Sydney.
Czarson and Tim Clark, picture Sportpix.com.au
A striking chestnut son of Golden Slipper winning racehorse and sire Stratum, Czarson gave his six opponents a galloping lesson in the metric six-furlong contest, dictating the tempo from the outset before striding away from his rivals over the concluding stages.
The $4.20 second favourite ultimately proved to be two lengths superior to runner-up Kiamichi (by Sidestep), the only other starter in the race that appeared any hope of saluting during the contest, with the remainder of field finishing at least five lengths adrift of the winner when the judges called a halt.
Creator (by Redoute’s Choice) did best of the others to take third.
A debut winner at Gosford in the last week of November, Czarson is now unbeaten after two starts and appears an ideal type to contest the valuable restricted sales race on the Gold Coast in mid-January.
Speaking on behalf of Waterhouse & Bott, stable spokesman Neil Paine remarked after the win: “How good was that. From his first start he had improved so much and was really switched on; we had no problems with the 1200 [metres] today.”
Paine added: “You’ll find with all Tulloch Lodge 2-year-olds, Gai and Adrian just get them switched on and they know what to do from the time they jump. They go to the lead, follow the white fence around and hit the line.
“We are starting to build up some nice 2-year-olds, and I know Adrian will be very excited as he’s over in Hong Kong and would be sitting with the owner over there.”
An event that appeared highly likely to prove a very competitive contest on paper before the off virtually turned into a two-horse affair.
Carrying the colours of Harron Bloodstock, Coolmore, First Light Racing and Emirates Park respectively, the well-bred juveniles Creator (3rd), Memphis Rock (4th), Baileys (6th) and Fowz (7th) all failed to flatter and proved no competition for the very professional winner.
SPs on the event were $4.20 Czarman, $5.50 Kiamichi and $3.00 favourite Creator.
Official margins were two lengths by three lengths, the winning time being registered as 1m10.09s (last 600m in 33.58s).
Czarman is raced by Mr V H Y Li and took his earnings to $102,865 from two unbeaten starts.
Czarson, picture Sportpix.com.au
Roadwork Solutions Handicap, photo finish picture ATC