Successful tactics with Taksu in Civic Stakes

Tactics by trainer Joe Pride and jockey Gyn Schofield won the $150,000, Listed Chandon Civic Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on Saturday with Taksu leading all the way and just holding out a late arriving Oscar Zulu.

Schofield sent Taksu (54kg) forward from barrier three and the rest were in trouble from the moment they had established a 3L lead at the 600m going across the High Street side. They stamped out the metres making the field feel every stride of the 1400m. The anti was increased when Taksu responded to Schofield letting loose more rein heading into the corner for home and the field had 4L to make up.

The margin was 2L at the 300m and still Taksu kept up the tempo. The 2L became 1L at the 100m and Oscar Zulu (56kg) and Josh Parr were coming hard and fast inside Taksu, but it was too late and the winning margin was a neck.

Oscar Zulu (Epaulette) and Parr were 3/4L ahead of Looks Like Elvis (All American) (58kg) and Keagan Latham who had defied barrier 14 for the place. Pride’s Mariamia was fourth.

The time was 1.23.81 on the upgraded Good 4 track with the final 600m in 35.52. Taksu paid $4.20 on fixed odds and $4.10 on the tote.

Oscar Zulu and Josh Parr arrive inside Taksu and Glyn Schofield, picture

Pride said that he and Schofield had discussed on Friday evening how to position Taksu and leading was the preferred option with the six-year-old Equiano gelding not enjoying runners outside him.

“There is only one way to ride him as he does not like other horses outside him. Glyn made it a solid 1400m and that was what he needed,” he said.

Pride was not sure about the firmer track on Saturday, the first Good 4 at Randwick for weeks, with Taksu running well on soft and heavy tracks. However, the upgrading from a Soft 5 earlier in the day to the Good 4 had no impact with Taksu sprinting well on it.

Taksu, out of the Hurricane Sky mare Raining, was winning for the seventh time from 27 starts. He had won at Randwick on April 23rd over 1300m in the Benchmark 88 on a Heavy 10, leading all the way on that occasion as well. Then there was an unsuccessful trip to Brisbane for the Group 3 BRC Sprint over 1300m on May 28th, on a Good 4 track.

With 12 placings Taksu has now earned stakes of $492,125 for owners Mr T McGrath, Mr T A Mobbs, Mr B P Webb, Mr D R Magin, Mr G J Loiero, C E Gunawan, Mr B J Booth, Mr P T Geoghegan and Mr D N Jolley.

Glyn Schofield, picture

Civic Stakes, photo finish picture ATC