Godolphin’s Deprive blasted his way to a last to first win in the $500,000, Group 3 Camera House Sydney Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday surviving a protest in the process.
Deprive under Hugh Bowman was last at the top of the straight and Bowman took the five-year-old Denman gelding to the outside of the field and they set off after the field. Out in front the favourite Brutal (NZ) and Tommy Berry had reached the front with Champagne Cuddles and Nash Rawiller following them through to challenge strongly on the outside of Brutal.
They looked like they were going to decide the issue between them, then the well named Deprive and Bowman arrived on their outside.
Deprive came in from the middle of the track towards the two inside and Deprive and Champagne Cuddles brushed as they closed on the line. Connections protested, however, the Racing NSW stewards’ let the placings stand.
The margins at the line were a long head with Champagne Cuddles (Not A Single Doubt) and half-head in front of Brutal (O’Reilly) on the rails. Home Of The Brave (IRE) and Glyn Schofield were fourth after leading through the early sectionals.
The time was 1.08.62 on the upgraded Good 3 track with the final 600m in 33.62. Deprive paid $9.00 on the tote.
"There were two quality horses up on a strong tempo. This horse is going really well,” said trainer James Cummings.
“He was the gallop partner for our Everest runner Alizee last week. He is undefeated at Randwick. He has lowered the colours of some good quality horses there.”
“I let it all unfold in front of me but I had the horse to do that. He actually threw his head to the side. I didn’t come out on terms. He was going to settle back there anyway but he might have been a bit closer in the run," said Bowman.
“He is unbeaten here but I would like to give a bit of credit to Nevesh and the team here at Randwick. The way this track has been prepared for this afternoon it is absolutely outstanding.”
Deprive, out of the Canny Lad mare Defrock, has the remarkable record at Randwick of six wins from six starts and two from two over the distance. This was his eighth win from 13 starts and with three placings he has earned stakes of $767,230 for the stable.
What the beaten jockeys said:
Tommy Berry (Brutal): “It was a beautiful run. He sprinted very well for me from the top of the straight but he plateaued out at the 100m then held that all the way to the line. In two weeks time he’s spot on. They just had a bit more turn of foot than him with him being second-up.”
Glyn Schofield (Home Of The Brave): “Brave run again. Obviously he likes a bit of cut in the ground which was not here today but another brave run.”
Kerrin McEvoy (Brave Song): “He never got clear. He would have run really well if I was able to get him off the bridle.”
Brenton Avdulla (Dothraki): “He bled both nostrils.”
Robbie Dolan (Easy Eddie): “He ran really well. He’s obviously more effective on a heavy track but he gave a good account of himself against pretty strong opposition.”
Michelle Payne (Kaspersky): No comment.
Tim Clark (Redouble): “He ran well in that grade. Looking for a little bit further now.”
Glen Boss (Jonker): “He drew one and was interfered with a couple of times then didn’t have a lot of luck down the straight.”
Josh Parr (Sir Plush): “The change of tactics didn’t work today.”
Christian Reith (Sandbar): “I was really happy with him today. He drew awkward and was caught off the track. He’s come back really well, his breathing is a lot better since the operation. He just emptied out in the last 100m and he’ll improve immensely on that.”
Nash Rawiller (Champagne Cuddles): No comment.
James McDonald (Fiesta): “I was wrapped with her, she finished off really nicely. She just got held up a little bit, but good.”
Sydney Stakes, photo finish picture ATC