In the space of 100m the aptly named Aim completely changed the outcome of the two-year-old race at Rosehill on Wednesday with the Snowden trained Star Witness colt winning from a seemingly impossible position.
The outcome of the $50,000, TAB Long May We Play Plate (1200m) was all parcelled up with 200m to run with favourite punters enjoying watching the $2.20 Chris Waller first starter Blondeau under Glen Boss come four wide on the turn and sweep past the leaders at the 250m.
Blondeau (I Am Invincible) and Boss then put a gap on the field and the win was in the bag, until Brenton Avdulla extracted Aim from a pocket and set off after the leader. Supporters watching Blondeau could be forgiven for not seeing this move by Avdulla as he and Aim were 4L behind the leader and still 3L at the 100m.
With clear running room near the middle of the track Aim lengthened very well and Blondeau was in trouble from the 50m mark and destined for second place shortly after.
Aim won with a long neck margin going away with ease with Blondeau clear of Aim’s stablemate King’s Legacy (Redoute’s Choice) with Kerrin McEvoy, the margin 1 1/2L. Soil Heir was a close fourth.
The time was 1.11.75 on the Good 4 track with the final 600m in 35.71. Aim’s upset paid $16.00 on fixed odds and $17.60 on the tote.
“He is really a strong big boy and we rode him to get the 1200m, but that is his demeanour as he has a relaxed attitude, he takes everything in his stride. He is probably one who did always give the riders a good feel and given the opportunity to settle and relax he can certainly hit top gear,” said co-trainer Paul Snowden.
“You would have to think that once he steps up in distance and he gets a bit older he will come into his own. He is a beautiful type, he has a lot to work with so the horse is going to train on really well from today with a lot of upside.
“Obviously it was important to get some money and King’s Legacy has a little bit, but they will run again in a couple of weeks and that will paint another picture for us,” he said.
“From where he drew (nine) and the way he trialled the other day it always looked he was a horse who would appreciate the 1200m and as soon as I got on him he gave me a lovely feel and of a horse who just wanted to relax so that is how I rode him,” said Avdulla.
“I was always going to need a little bit of luck to get out and go, but I thought the race was shot to pieces there at the furlong (200m) with Bossy off and gone.
“To my blokes credit once he got clear room and I got up him he found the line like a really nice horse,” he said.
Aim, out of the Smart Strike mare Vintage Strike, earned a stake of $33,250 for the ownership group of Newgate Bloodstock, China Horse Club Racing Pty Ltd, Horse Ventures, Newgate S F, Go Bloodstock Australia, G1G Racing & Breeding, Nick Vass Bloodstock, Glenlogan Park, Aston Bloodstock, Grant Bloodstock Pty Ltd and Carpe Diem.
TAB Long May We Play Plate, photo finish picture ATC