Sassy back-up pays dividends in the Angus Armanasco

A six day back-up yielded the perfect outcome for the Danny O’Brien stable when Sassy Boom made light work of landing the $300,000, Group 2, Sportsbet Angus Armanasco Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield under a perfectly judge ride by Blake Shinn.

Successful in a Benchmark 64 event for fillies and mares at Sale just last Sunday, Sassy Boom handled the step up to major stakes company with aplomb when traveling well within her comfort zone on the shoulder of the winner until the top of the Caulfield straight before bursting to the front and scoring with authority.

In what appeared to be a slowly run affair on face value, So Glamorous made good late ground over the closing stages to finish with three-quarters of a length of the winner, with Serasana claiming third.

The Peter Moody trained Autumn Angel was a big drifter in betting before the race and was a conspicuous last for much of the contest. After failing to secure a run up the inside of runners in the straight, the $4.40 equal favourite was switched to the centre of the track by Billy Egan where she ran on to finish in sixth place — just under four lengths in arrears of Sassy Boom.

Sassy Boom and Blake Shinn burst clear of their rivals in the Angus Armanasco; picture Racing Photos

Speaking after his unusual training coup, Danny O’Brien remarked: “She filled us with confidence last time that she’d won effortlessly… it was really a barrier trial style of run. 

“She’s a filly we just couldn’t get going in the Spring so we only gave her the one run, but we’ve always had a good opinion of her. She had a very easy week, presented in great order again today, once again got a good map and a good ride and it was a very painless watch.”

O’Brien added: “She’s an on-speed filly, and she’s very much a firm ground filly. She doesn’t appreciate anything other than a good three, good four.”

Speaking after another flawless display aboard yet another Melbourne metropolitan winner, Blake Shinn stated: “I’ve got a lot of respect for Danny [O’Brien]. He’s a wonderful trainer, he’s been one of my biggest supporters since I’ve come back to Melbourne. 

“He turned his horse out really well. He told me, he said she’d win, and I got on her and she gave me a lot of confidence going to the gates. She owned that race right from the get-go and super, black-type with a filly like this, Group Two, that stands her in good stead, her page.”

Shinn also indicated that everything went to plan.

“We envisaged being one-two in the run. She jumped well, just went a moderate tempo, she wanted to build from the five hundred, we had fitness on our side and given the fact the leading chances we’re going to be conceding a start to us, and the fact that they were first-up, I put the pressure on early. 

“Danny’s a great conditioner of horse, so I had confidence to go early and she proved too good.”

Sassy Boom (by Spirit of Boom) was returned at $8.00, So Glamorous (by So You Think (NZ)) at $5.50, and Serasana (by Snitzel) as the $4.40 equal favourite.

Winning time was 1m23.91s and the official margins 3/4 lengths x 1 length.