Samiam Seussie (by Hinchinbrook) showed her appreciation for a strong tempo and an extended sprint distance when finishing on strongly over the concluding stages to land the $45,000 Iron Jack Handicap (1250m), a 2-year-old fillies event which opened the Canterbury Park midweek meeting in Sydney.
Having only her second career outing and sent to post one of two genuine outsiders in a seven horse field, the daughter of Hinchinbrook raced handy for most of the trip but looked to be making heavy work of the assignment until halfway down the short Canterbury straight.
It was at this point that long-time leader Ballistic Lover began to show the ill-effects of missing the break yet setting a keen pace soon after recovering, and when Samiam Seussie appeared likely to seize an opportunity to chase down an increasingly vulnerable leader.
And so the final 150 metres of the contest unfolded. Ballistic Lover offered little resistance to the final finishing burst of Samiam Seussie, who went on to score by a clear-cut two and three-quarter lengths.
Willinga Panache ran on encouragingly into third place after racing out the back of the field until straightening for home.
Raced by the Taylor family of the famed Trelawney Stud in New Zealand, Samiam Seussie is a $200,000 yearling sale purchase now displaying genuine promise as a 3-year-old. A maternal grand-daughter of the mighty Dubawi, her third-dam Sandy's Pleasure won the VRC Oaks of her Classic generation.
The second race on today's Canterbury Park card in Sydney was also a 2-year-old event, though in this case one restricted to colts and geldings. Represented by four of the nine starters, the Peter & Paul Snowden stable proceeded to dominate affairs by supplying first, second and third.
Determined in the final few strides, the $45,000 Microphone @ Darley Handicap (1250m) saw Concealed (by Deep Field) manage to get across the line first after delivering a determined late finish to catch stablemate Edmond in the shadows of the post. A conspicuous last for most of the contest, Oregon produced a strong late finish in the straight to claim third — arguably turning in the most eye-catching performance of the event.
Raced in the distinctive colours of China Horse Club, Concealed had finished within a couple of lengths of the winner when fifth of 12 on debut over 1000m at Kembla Grange. Thus he, too, showed his appreciation for the 1250m journey just as first race winner Samiam Seussie.
Iron Jack Handicap
Microphone @ Darley Handicap, photo finish pictures ATC