Gai Waterhouse knows as much as any trainer how hard it is to win the juvenile triple-crown and so it proved on Saturday when Overreach was overwhelmed late by the Peter Snowden-trained Guelph in the $500,000 Group 1 Inglis Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on Saturday.
Guelph sweeps past rivals, picture Sportpix.com.au
The Golden Slipper winning Overreach looked on track to continue on her winning way but an extra furlong was a furlong too far as Guelph, who was a fast finishing fourth in the Slipper, ran over the top of her rivals to win convincingly.
Ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, Guelph settled worse than midfield after jumping solid from the barrier and getting in three off the fence with cover some eight lengths off race leader Overreach (T Berry).
Little changed in the run until the turn when McEvoy started to urge Guelph along to make up ground on the leader.
Scandiva (Robl) came out of the one-one position to Overreach early in the straight and it was that point that the triple crown claim looked in doubt. Still five lengths back was Guelph who was still winding up.
With 200m to go Scandiva got to Overreach but Guelph hit top gear and was quickly reeling in the leaders. Passing the 100m Guelph was only a length off them and by the 50m he had levelled up before going on to score a comfortable win.
On the line the margin was three quarters to Scandiva with a half-length to Overreach back in third. The overall time was 1.23.22 with the last 600m run in 37.36.
“It’s very pleasing we have won the Slipper with Exceed and Excel and the Sires now so it just proves what a great stallion season he has had,” Snowden said.
“It’s a very pleasing result she had been in work a long time and to do what she did today and as well as she did it to she was very strong late; She’s a tough little filly.
“I’ll let them tell me what they want to do, she has been saying all week that she it hasn’t hurt her at all.
“She’s good in the stable, she’s a good eater and doesn’t knock herself around on the track. She really looks after herself and produces her best on raceday.
“She was really impressive today so you’d have to give it a lot of thought, she’s got two weeks which is great and we’ll just have to wait and see how she pulls up.”
McEvoy lets out a cheer, picture Sportpix.com.au
“It was a tremendous job by Pete and the team, she came into the race in tip top shape,” McEvoy said.
“She’s got the constitution and the mentality to really handle her racing and she really is a dream to be around.
“That’s what really enabled her to back up within the seven days, she just relished the 1400m.
“She’s such a big strong girl and I think the world is her oyster as far as trip wise, I feel she can go out a bit further.
“It was a little bit tricky from the wide barrier, so the team just left it up to me to see how it would unfold.
“It worked in our favour, the race was run at a nice enough tempo and I got a nice spot midfield which just enabled her to finish with a really strong burst.”
Guelph is by Exceed And Excel out of the 2007 Sires Produce winner Camarilla and is owned by Sheikh Mohammed.
Race 5, photofinish picture ATC