Rosehill’s Chris Waller produced the trifecta for the feature $100,000 Octagonal Handicap (1400m) at Rosehill on Saturday with Sir Bacchus, New Universe and Invinzabeel within 30 minutes of his stable winning the Group 2 PJ O’Shea Stakes with Egg Tart on the Sunshine Coast.
It has been some time since the five-year-old Sebring gelding Sir Bacchus saluted, October 2016 at Moonee Valley over 1200m, when he defeated the Royal Ascot bound Redkirk Warrior (GB), It is Written and Santa Ana Lane. Heady subsequent form lines indeed.
Sir Bacchus and Tim Clark, picture Stevehart.com.au
After a long time away from racing to rest and strengthen the stable produced him at Rosehill on May 5th for a fourth over 1350m and again on May 19th for a sixth over 1500m.
Back at 1400m jockey Tim Clark settled back with Sir Bacchus (53.5kg) and then made a weaving run from the 300m that took right until the line to haul in the stablemates New Universe (NZ) (53kg) and Andrew Adkins and Invinzabeel (58kg) and Jason Collett racing out in the middle of the track.
Once clear the grey stormed to the line and he now looks ready to add to his record of seven wins and two seconds from 23 starts.
However, Saturday’s return to the winners stall caught punters out with Sir Bacchus paying $18.00 on fixed odds and $19.90 on the tote.
The margins at the line were a half head to New Universe (Darci Brahma) and a long head to Invinzabeel (I Am Invincible). The $3.80 favourite Special Missile was fourth.
The time was 1.24.37 on the Good 4 track with the final 600m in 35.01.
The win was number 161 for Waller for the Sydney season after two earlier wins on the programme.
“I thought he had a terrific chance, the writing was on the wall last start. He had about six to eight months off and they always need a few runs to get back and I think coming back to 1400m helped as it might have a bit far last start,” said Waller.
“Just getting him back to his best for now is pleasing and I think he will continue on with it,” he added.
Sir Bacchus, out of the Encosta de Lago mare Bacchanal Woman, has now earned stakes of $465,250 for his ownership group Laurel Oak Bacchus, Boeara Holdings, Mr F W Cook, Mr S P Grant, Dirty Grey, Mr K Lowe, Mrs M P Lowe, Mr A W Reichard, Mr J T O'Brien, Club Bacchus, Mr M W Powell, Mr N Macdonald, Mrs R H Richards, Mrs C M Cook and Mrs E K Grant.
Octagonal Handicap, photo finish picture ATC
Stablemates left to right, Sir Bacchus and Clark, New Universe (NZ) and Invinzabeel and Josh Parr, picture Sportpix.com.au