Three-year-old Fastnet Rock gelding Edison under Glen Boss claimed his third win when taking the $125,000, Newhaven Park Bm72 Handicap (1300m) at Randwick on Saturday with class taking him over the testing Heavy 9 conditions.
The Bjorn Baker trained Edison was fourth at his last start over 1200m, also on a Heavy 9 track at Rosehill on June 13th. Boss also rode on that occasion and on Saturday he kept Edison (58.5kg) in second behind the early leader Faretti and Adam Hyeronimus waiting to pounce.
The $2.40 favourite Travest (NZ) with Tommy Berry were a long last across the High Street straight with some 12L to the leaders. That position had already lost the race and so it proved at the business end.
Boss send Edison forward to claim the lead at the 250m, which Edison accomplished with ease, and they then had enough to hold off a closing Papal Warrior (56kg) and Kerrin McEvoy with Trevest (58.5kg) and Berry finally coming down the middle of the track for third.
Edison was a half-neck in front of Papal Warrior (Fastnet Rock) with 1 3/4L to Travest (Tavistock) with Faretti close behind.
The time was 1.20.99 with the final 600m in 37.39. Edison paid 4$8.50 on fixed odds and $8.40 on the tote.
Edison and Glen Boss, picture Stevehart.com.au
"He's a horse that has always promised a lot," said Baker.
"I think he will be much better on top of the ground but third up, he has done plenty of work and it probably suited him in that respect.
"Great ride by Glen. I think it's the first winner he has ridden for me so it is great to have a legend like that win on a horse like this for Highclere, who have been very good to me.
"I still think the best is still to come from this guy.
"He probably gets through it (the heavy track) and I think class carried him a long way today. It is not easy (with the weight). It looks very demanding out there so good effort. I needed it too, I have had a bad run of outs," he said.
"We went very slow from the get-go and I expected 'Hippo's' horse to take me a lot further than it did because we went so slow in the run. All of sudden I was left in front a long way from home and it is not a very good situation sometimes," said Boss
"But he was good. He gave me a good kick. He got a little bit lost over the last quarter but he presented a really fit racehorse today third up.
"I really didn't like his chances on a heavy track. I rode him last start on a heavy track at Rosehill, I know they are different tracks, but I suggested you should never run him on a heavy track again.
"He has turned up today on what is a really heavy 10 and got the job done.
"On ratings, he was the best performed horse in the race. A lot of them were coming out of midweeks and he presented a lot fitter so he got the job done," he said.
Boss confirmed the track conditions.
"It is one of the heaviest tracks I have riddden on. It is a heavy 10, I will say they are getting plenty of grip, it is not sloppy and it is not shifty. But we walked to the line, we barely broke 38 for the last 600," he said.
Full stretch for Edison, picture Sportpix.com.au
Racing NSW stewards' called Berry in to interview om on his ride on the punters elect Travest.
Berry said that he had not been given any instructions and that Travest had yet to establish a racing pattern. With the wide margin Berry said he was worried across the top after he had decided to drop back and not go forward inside the leader.
"I was definitely worried," he said.
"I felt he hit the line well, not as well as he did first up but he probably had more speed in his legs then. He is probably looking for 1500, a mile. Definitely off that run I would suggest a longer distance would benefit him."
The Stewards asked if there was an opportunity to start moving forward between the 800m and 700m when pace slackened.
While Berry agreed there probably was he said Travest was 'travelling quite well at this stage still.'
"The two horses I was behind did not take me into the race either," he said.
The Stewards said that the decision to go back was understandable, however, that Berry should take more time to assess the decision before doing so.
Edison, out of the Street Cry mare A Million Tears, has now earned stakes of $232,715 from the wins and three placings from 12 starts. He is owned by Highclere Thoroughbred Racing Australia Ltd, Fairway Thoroughbreds, Mr P T O'Brien, Mr CJ Barham, Bjorn Baker Racing, Bangaloe Stud, Mr S K I Al Ansari, Borthwick Ramsay, Shandy Hills Racing, Mr D Ezekiel, Ms S D Jones, Mr C J Little, Mrs S J McGrath, Mr P M Quirk, Mr P T Scope, Mr S Scupham, Mr T Turner and Mr A J K Gemmell.
Highclere scored a running double with Lord Belvedere (GB) and Ben Melham narrowly prevailing over Alfarris (FR) and Luke Nolen in the Lexus Banjo Paterson Series Final (2600m) at Flemington shortly after Randwick’s win. It was the second win in succession for Lord Belvedere.
Newhaven Park Bm72 Handicap, photo finish picture ATC