The two-year-old race at Rosehill on Wednesday was certainly a race in two halves, with Hinchbeast and Volterra in their section and the other three runners a long way back in their section and Hinchbeast prevailed in the first section to win the $50,000, The Agency Estate Plate (1100m).
The market had turned from the Bjorn Baler trained Hinchbeast with Hugh Bowman the earlier favourite to firming on the Chris Waller trained Volterra for them to start at $2.20 and $1.90 respectively.
From the barriers Heachbeast and Bowman led out with Volterra and James McDonald into second but not keeping up with the early speed showed by the leader. The field was immediately spread eagled with the first two a long way ahead of the rest.
At the 600m Hinchbeast was 3L ahead of Volterra with the margin the same at the 400m. Hinchbeast with blinkers on was still going strong, but the question was could the Hinchinbrook colt kept going through to the line.
The answer was yes, but with Volterra and McDonald closing well late, particularly over the final 100m. However Hinchbeast’s early margin was sufficient for a 1/2L winning gap at the line. The 1100m was too short for Volterra (I Am Invincible) to complete his closing run and the extra distance would have seen a different result.
Important Product (Choisr) and Kerrin McEvoy were third with the margin 7 1/2L.
The time of 1.03.88 set a new class record with the final 600 of 35.40 showing the early pace. Hinchbeast paid $2.30 on the tote.
“I thought it was very good. It was interesting that they decided to go with the blinkers today and I am not going to pass judgement on that as I have not been on his back before, but he was very new early and I had to click him into gear and the plan was to lead at a nice pace,” said Bowman.
“But I feel he was going a bit quicker than I knew in the race and I will be interested to see the replay to judge that further. But he has a very economical action.
“He was out on his feet late, but I think with today’s run he will learn from that and I think he will improve fitness wise and he has a really bright future,” he said.
“There is always a high level of unknown factors coming here with the two-year-old’s but he has shown us a bit at home and we came here confident that we would come away with a win,” said Stephen McLean, Baker stable spokesman.
“I was worried 100m out that he just might get us on the line, but he has dug deep and fought it our well. The most important thing is to get him home and see how he pulls up and we will go from there. No pressure on the horse, he is a nice horse and we will give him all the time that he needs,” he said.
Waller was not disappointed with the second of Volterra, a $1.3 million yearling purchase.
“That was a very good run, he did everything right. We did not get caught up in going too fast too early and we banked on the winner coming back to us, but full credit to it he was full of running with the blinkers on. I am sure our bloke will take a lot of improvement out of the race . He is a very bright horse looking to the future. He will come away with a really good experience and go one better next start,” he said.
Hinchbeast, out of the Jet Spur mare Shamrock Slipper, and a $240,000 yearling purchase is owned by Bjorn Baker Racing. The debut win earned a stake of $33,250.
The Agency Estate Plate, photo finish picture ATC