Randwick’s John Thompson sent out his Extreme Choice filly Xtremetime in search of black type in the $140,000, Listed Turangga Farm Woodlands Stakes (1100m) for two-year-old fillies at Rosehill on Saturday and Brenton Avdulla guided the filly a finely judged victory.
Xtremetime and Brenton Avdulla outside Ashema and Rachel King, picture Sportpix.com.au
The trio had won at Canterbury over 1200m on April 21st in the Xtremetime’s second race start so they would have looked forward to the step up, if not barrier 11 in the 11 strong field. The earlier experience through stood Avdulla and Xtremetime in good stead as they overcame the obstacles with the filly racing in a determined manner.
In the early stages Avdulla was patient and allowed the inside runners to drag the field towards the main straight making sure at the same time that he had running room by staying to the outside of the field on the turn.
Inside Rachel King on Ashema was trying to pick up where she left off at Scone on Friday after taking the two features of the Group 3 Dark Jewel Classic and Listed Scone Cup. King had to wait until the 250m to push her way out and send Ashema (58kg) out and they then took an early lead.
Out wider Xtremetime (56.5kg) and Avdulla had a length to make up but they made good progress up to the left flank of Ashema. The two raced together and finally with 10m to run Avdulla had Xtremetime in front for a short head margin win.
Ashema (I Am Invincible) was well clear of the $5.00 favourite Shihonka (Capitalist) (55.5kg) and Tim Clark in third, the margin 2L.
The time was 1.05.61 on the Soft 7 track with the final 600m in 36.08. Xtremetime paid $8.00 on fixed odds and $8.90 on the tote.
Xtremetime, out of the War Front mare Peace Time, has taken her earnings to $131,725 for connections John O'Neill, Mr T J Pemberton, Mrs L Harris, Mr I M Halliday, Mr T J Henderson, Mr N D Rance and Mr W Power, plus her two-year-old black type rating.
Turangga Farm Woodlands Stud Stakes, photo finish picture ATC