Sandbar, under Kerrin McEvoy, collected his second stakes win when taking the $150,000, listed Smithfield RSL Club Rosebud (1100m) at Rosehill on Saturday giving trainer Brad Widdup options going forward into the spring with the three-year-old Snitzel colt.
The race was controlled by the leading duo into the main straight, Golden Tycoon and Jason Collett on the rails with Charge and Jay Ford outside, both with 53kg, with Sandbar (59kg) and McEvoy tracking them. Fixed odds co-favourite Plague Stone, with Oxford Tycoon at $3.80, was three wide and further back.
Both Golden Tycoon and Charge kept going passing the 300m and the rest were having considerable trouble bringing them back. McEvoy had Sandbar outside Charge, racing in the middle of the track, but they too were struggling to reach the two in front. Plague Stone was behind Sandbar and also struggling.
Finally by the 100m Sandbar had the ascendancy and while the other two still kept going he had a head margin on the line. Charge (Zoustar) and Ford were second over Golden Tycoon (Hussonet) and Collett third, the margin a half-neck. Plague Stone was fourth.
The time was 1.05.02 on the Good 4 track with the final 600m in 35.24. Sandbar paid $7.00 on fixed odds and $7.20 on the tote.
Sandbar and Kerrin McEvoy (red) hold out Charge and Jay Ford inside, picture Stevehart.com.au
“He drew badly, but he is such a tough horse and a great ride too, we had a couple of plans and it all worked played out well,” said Widdup.
“He has had the one trial and one gallop at Warwick Farm, he is a very honest little fella.
“I have a couple of options now, the main thing is to see how he pulls up. It is nice to get this win under the belt. He is a great horse, he won the Lonhro and now he has won The Rosebud so I will take that,” he said.
“He has a nice record on the board last prep. Brad has been happy with him, his trial the other day was quite good and everything pointed to him improving just that little bit more,” said McEvoy.
“We had a tough assignment today with top-weight and giving weight away to a few up and coming horses and the outside barrier. We ended up getting a dream run once we turned for home.
“There is nice improvement to come from that today and he is in for a nice time in the spring,” he said.
Back in February Sandbar won the listed Lonhro Plate over 1100m at Warwick Farm giving Hawkesbury based Widdup his first black type win as a trainer. He was second in the Group 3 Pago Pago Stakes over 1200m at Rosehill on March 17th before running eighth in the Group 1 Golden Slipper over the same distance on March 24th.
The colt is owned by a prominent group including Damien Flower’s Jadeskye Racing, B K Racing & Breeding Pty Ltd, John Singleton’s Strawberry Hill Stud, Werrett Bloodstock Pty Ltd and Nick Vass Bloodstock.
The Rosebud win was his third from six races and with the second place he has earned stakes of $318,120.
Sandbar and Kerrin McEvoy, picture Sportpix.com.au
The Rosebud, photo finish picture ATC