Exciting four-year-old Pampelonne looks set for a bright spring campaign after a strong win in the $200,000 Group 2 Bowermans Furniture-The Shorts (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday.
Pampelonne strecthes out to win The Shorts, picture sportpix.com.au
The Tim Martin-trained galloper showed plenty of promise in the autumn winning the Gosford and Scone Guineas before a solid sixth in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap at Eagle Farm.
With Hugh Bowman on board, Pampelonne jumped well from a wide draw and Bowman was happy to sit on the speed just behind Nobby Snip (Rawiller) with Satin Shoes (Cassidy) on his inside.
That trio led the field around the turn and into the straight before Nobby Snip hit the proverbial wall. At that point Bowman kicked clear and Pampelonne put a length and a half on Satin Shoes. Over the final 100m Satin Shoes fought back has Pampelonne’s condition gave out but the leader still had enough in the tank to score.
At the line the margin between the two was a short neck with a further length and three quarters to Appearance (McEvoy) in third place. The overall time was 1.09.64 with the last 600m run in 34.80.
“He is very handy,” Martin said. “It was always a concern a four-year-old coming out of three-year –old grade but he handled it.
“He definitely improved and we will go straight to Melbourne. Hey may run on Caulfield Cup Day, there is a sprint there over 1100m and go to the Salinger or just go straight to the Salinger.”
“I was very confident,” Bowman said. “He is a quality galloper and lightly raced, he certainly has bigger things in store.
“The way he travelled into the race, I couldn’t have been more confident topping the rise, when I let him down he really put them away but he did start to feel the pinch and he didn’t appreciate get hit either, because he ducked out on me late; something for the memory bank.”
Pampelonne is by Rock Of Gibraltar (IRE) out of the Rory’s Jester mare Jestajewel and is owned by A R Bell.
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