The Freedman trained Stay Inside under Robbie Dolan made the perfect start to his race career winning the $125,000, Paul Hoffmann Handicap (1000m) for two-year-old’s at Randwick on Saturday leaving the rest of the capacity field to their devices 2 3/4L behind.
Dolan had Stay Inside out well from barrier five and they sat in third behind the two leaders, Chameleon Choice and Nash Rawiller on the rails and Scarzel and Josh Parr outside. The $3.10 favourite Ashema and Tommy Berry followed in fourth after coming across from barrier 12.
Swinging for the run home Dolan went three wide outside the two leaders and he had clear running room for Stay Inside and that was all the Extreme Choice colt needed. They reached the lead quickly and Stay Inside showed a fine turn of foot to put a gap on the chasers.
Dolan looked to his left to check on proceedings behind and then let Stay Inside extend very well for the dominant win. There was a line up for the minor placing with Headliner (Star Turn) and James McDonald second and Asheme (I Am Invincible) third, the margin a half-head. Mandalong Cash under apprentice Chris Williams made notable progress from the rear for fourth.
The time was 56.89 on the Good 4 track with the final 600m in 34.10. Stay Inside paid %6.50 on fixed odds and $8.30 on the tote. TAB immediately brought Stay Inside in from $101.00 to $26.00 for both the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on February 20th and the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill on March 20th.
Stay Inside and Robbie Dolan, picture Sportpix.com.au
“It was a good debut, he certainly learnt a lot from his first two trials. He was quite wayward in both of them and whilst he still had a bit of look around when he got the front today he quickened up and hit the line well,” said co-trained Michael Freedman.
“We have always had a decent opinion of him. He probably has not been totally obvious, but he is one of those two-year-old’s that the longer he has been in work the better he has gone. He is in at the right time of the year and if he comes through today we can maybe aim a bit higher with him,” he said.
“He is a lovely little horse, he has a great attitude, he still does a couple of things wrong but he has got plenty of improvement and he is with a stable that will really bring him on. He is going very well,” said Dolan.
“He showed natural gate speed in his trials and it was just a matter of getting him to come back and relax. They kind of went too steady in front of me which allowed me to prop and bring myself into the race and I probably hit the front too soon.
“When I asked him for an effort up the straight he gave me a really electric feel, so I reckon it is all ahead of him,” he said.
Stay Inside, out of the Anabaa mare Nothin Leica Storm, won his last trial over 900m at Rosehill on January 15th.
His debut win earned $80,500 for connections of C C Pickford, M D Skinner, M J Davidson, K Hamman, C Lamond, J A Wilson, L Myers, S A Aboud, M Barakat, M J Blundell, S A Tilley, M Pond & P Berger and G O T G Racing (Mgr: P W Marsh).
Robbie Dolan, picture Sportpix.com.au
Paul Hoffmann Handicap, photo finish picture ATC