Regretfully as we head towards the end of 2020 everyone knows way too much about pandemics, however, Saturday gives the opportunity to actually like a Pandemic, in this case a four-year-old Sepoy gelding in the $125,000, Members Christmas Bm88 Handicap (1100m).
Godolphin’s home-bred Pandemic has taken his time to work into the case, but the learning curve while not top-notch is a very respectable three wins from his nine starts and with two thirds and four fourths he has earned stakes of $227,790. Any stable would appreciate that earning power.
TAB’s market has also taken note of the Pandemic situation as after opening at $5.00 he is into $3.70 on Friday afternoon as favourite.
Pandemic was fourth at The Gong meeting at Kembla Grange on November 21st carrying 60kg under apprentice Tom Sherry to the winner Moe’s Crown carrying 58.5kg under James McDonald.
On Saturday Pandemic drops to 57kg, this time with McDonald and barrier seven, while Moe’s Crown has 56kg and barrier 10 for Tim Clark.
At the same Gong meeting Chris Waller’s Hulk dominated the Benchmark 78 over 1000m with a 2L win under Tommy Berry and 56kg.
The I Am Invincible gelding, like Pandemic, has taken his time but the stable have the formula figured out with his races spaced and the results are evident. Since August he has faced the starter five times, winning two, running second twice and third in the other start. That success has increased his stakes to $279,200.
For Saturday’s start Hulk drops to 53.5kg for Kerrin McEvoy and barrier four which looks a dangerous combination.
“Steps up in grade, but looks well treated at the weights and has drawn to get a lovely soft run from the inside draw,” commented our esteemed colleagues at Racingandsports.com.
However, pandemic’s being what they are, elusive and tough to stamp out, we will side step this excellent advice and stay with the real Pandemic dropping 3kg and gaining James McDonald to record his first win since January and bookend his year.
The Members Christmas Handicap is Race 7 at 4.55pm.
Pandemic winning at Randwick in January, picture Sportpix.com.au