It was Mudgee double, of sorts, in the middle of the card at Rosehill on Saturday when Ideal Position and San Zaim notched impressive metropolitan wins.
Ideal Position scored impressively for Mudgee trainer John Brasch in the $70,000 Accountability Recruitment Handicap (BM80) (1400m) then San Zaim followed up with a strong win for Tracey Bartley in the $70,000 Santos Coffee Cup Handicap (BM80) (1400m).
Ideal Position kicks clear, picture Sportpix.com.au
With Greg Ryan in the saddle, Ideal Position settled midfield in the run after jumping nicely from barrier two.
In the straight Ryan needed to find some room and luckily with a bit of a furlong to go an gap opened up and Ideal Position was travelling well enough to take advantage, kicking away to score a comfortable length and a half win.
The runner up was Green Beret (N Berry), a long neck away in third was Dunrossil (Avdulla). The overall time was 1.25.19 with the last 600m run in 36.79.
“It’s just fantastic,” Brasch said. “He is a great horse and just tries hard all the time and he has never let us down yet.
“I was just so happy to see this race on today, after his run at Scone we were trying to find the right race for him, this one come up and we thought that would suit him perfectly.
“He has been a terrific horse, we paid $1100 for him 12 months ago and he had won $71,000 before today so he has been a great horse.”
Ideal Position is by Snippetson out of the Scenic (IRE) mare Ideal Option and is owned by Ms S K Small & Ms J S Dinham.
One race later former Mudgee trainer, now based in Wyong, Tracey Bartley, saddled up San Zaim for a nice win in the $70,000 Santos Coffee Cup Handicap (BM80) (1400m).
San Zaim in full flight at Rosehill, picture Sportpix.com.au
It is often said that the shortest way home is to follow the rails and luckily for backers Laurie Wray was happy to stick to the fence throughout and it was a winning move.
Wray had San Zaim on the fence behind the leader in the run then after straight, when the other runners left the fence, Wray kicked up on the inside and took the win in impressive fashion.
At the line the margin was two lengths to Disputes (Parr) with a half length to Fashion (Robl) in third place. The overall time was 1.25.80 with the last 600m run in 35.71.
“We pushed her through the bridle the other day and she just kept on going so just over done it herself,” Bartley said.
“Today we took the softer option for the first half of the race and if she got a good run she was going to be hard to beat.
“She was back at 1400m but she has won plenty of miles so she will go back to a mile now and we might even take her to Brisbane.”
“It was a pick up ride, I didn’t even know I was on it until this morning,” Wray said. “It was good of the owners and trainer to let me ride it a kilo over weight.”
San Zaim is by Zi Am (gb) out of Sanskate (NZ) and is owned by K N Byrnes, Mrs D Pringle, Thistle Racing Synd, C A Butler, Sufle Racing Synd, Mrs R H Robinson, A Williams, R O Butler, Mrs T A Quinn & S R McWhirter.
Race four, picture ATC
Race five, picture ATC