Man Of Peace made it two wins in succession at Randwick on Saturday, however trainer Matthew Dale has a much higher assignment planned for the eight-year-old with The Kosciuszko (1200m) the ultimate spring target.
Dale brought Man of Peace back in distance from his wIn over 1400m on the Kensington track on July 18th to the 1300m of the $125,000, ATC Thank You Jockeys Bm94 Handicap on the Course Proper, as a test to see if the sprint of The Kosciuszko would suit.
It certainly did and apprentice Louise Day rode with authority driving Man Of Peace (carried 55.5kg) out from barrier one in the six horse field and fought off the attention of You Make Me Smile (53.5kg) and Tommy Berry to lead into the High Street side.
The only change from that point was the extent of the lead. Passing the 500m as they commenced the turn into the main straight the margin was 5L. At the 300m the rest has clawed that back to 2 1/2L, but that was all they managed with the winning margin the same.
The $1.80 favourite Kordia (52kg) (Epaulette) and Kathy O’Hara finally came through for second over You Make Me Smile (So You Think) and Berry, the margin 1/2L.
The time was 1.20.70 on the Heavy 9 track that the jockeys felt was racing heavier than that rating. The final 600m was ground out in 37.09.
Apprentice Louise Day and Man Of Peace well clear at the line, picture Stevehart.com.au
Man Of Peace paid $7.50 on fixed odds and $7.20 on the tote. TAB immediately brought Man Of Peace in from $26.00 into $15.00 for their Kosciuszko market. Front Page is the $4.50 favourite.
“After his last start I toyed with the idea of is he a Kosciuszko horse and this gave us the opportunity to have a look. The 1300m was as close as I could place him and I thought if he could come out and win a quality race like this I would put his hand up for a place in the Kosciuszko and I would freshen him up for it,” said Dale.
“He loves a wet track and he is advantaged by that and I do not think it is going to be too dry over the next couple of months.”
“He jumped very well and Matt has freshened him right up and there is no reason he could not run a 1200m and get into The Kosciuszko. He was keen in front and he was defiantly sharp enough for it,” said Day.
“He pricks his ears when he is front and he is absolutely loving it. He is just flying.”
Man Of Peace, by Zariz out of the Zeditave mare Ruby Rosewyn, has been a most successful stable runner for Canberra based Dale. From 52 starts he has won 13, three with Day up, placed 18 times and earned stakes of $544,600 for owners Mrs A E Dale, Mr R K Thompson, Mr J D Patterson, Mr D L Patterson, Mrs B I Milne, Mr M H Mullins, Mrs R C Heywood, Mr J R Burt and Mrs T H Burt.
October 17th at Randwick is the 2020 renewal of The Kosciuszko and the rich $1.3 million stake may well add to the current stakes tally.
Louise Day, picture Sportpix.com.au
ATC Thank You Jockeys Bm94 Handicap, photo finish picture ATC