The ultimate gear change for Secretively, add in Hugh Bowman in the royal blue silks of Godolphin and a maiden win for the three-year-old in the $50,000, Hyland Race Colours Plate (1100m) at Randwick-Kensington on Wednesday was the result.
Secretively had raced five times previously with a second over 1300m last May the best result. Gelded and prepared for a new campaign saw a smart performance against mid-week maiden’s that may well allow the stable to quickly set higher benchmarks.
The race was set up by Heart Breaker and Mensa Missile going out at a fast pace leaving the field spread out as they went to the top turn. Bowman had Secretively off the pace and from the top of the straight he went to the middle of the track.
Mensa Missile under Tim Clark reached the lead at the 300m, but not for long as Eye See Things under Rachel King and then wider out Secretively and Bowman arrived in cruise mode.
Secretively went through to take over the running and with ears pricked he went to the line with a 1L margin and appearing to be not pushed to achieve the win which was franked by a time of 1.03.42 on the Soft 5 track and a final 600m of 34.88.
Eye See Things (Star Witness) and Clark held second by a head over Twice As Special (Tessa Rossa) and Jason Collett. Mensa Missile was fourth. The $3.20 favourite Heart Breaker dropped out to seventh. Secretively paid $6.00 on both fixed odds and the tote.
“He has always shown a little bit of promise at home and on the track, it was just a matter of getting his head right. With the gelding it has proved a winning move,” said stable spokesman Darren Beadman.
“A nice win and I am sure it will give the horse a lot of confidence. It was encouraging to see him do what he did today, getting to the right position and finish off strongly,” he said.
While Secretively, out of the Exceed And Excel mare Very Discreet, is no match for the stable stars that Bowman rode to win on Saturday, Alizee and Flit, the win was a start and a good result for the plan after last spring. His stakes earnings lifted to $48,810.
Hyland Race Colours Plate, photo finish picture ATC