A gem of a ride by Brenton Avdulla delivered Black On Gold the Listed Ladies Day Cup (1600m) at Hawkesbury on Wednesday on a track he wouldn’t have won on 24 hours earlier.
Black On Gold’s connections were sweating on the warm Western Sydney weather upgrading the track into the good range after it was soft on race morning and their prayers came true.
Despite being by renowned wet-track sire Sebring, Black On Gold needs a firm track to produce his best along with a good ride which Avdulla gave him for trainer Chris Waller.
“He’s a horse who likes a firm track and he got home well on a quick track,” Waller’s racing manager Charlie Duckworth said.
From barrier three Avdulla got Black On Gold to the rails as the $19 chance settled in the back half of the field while equal $4.80 favourite Archedemus set the pace in front.
Black And Gold cuts the corner with a peach from @brentonavdulla to take out today's @hawkesburyrc Ladies Day Cup @cwallerracing pic.twitter.com/xZl5HUe3P0
Avdulla pinched a run at the 500m to get on the back of the other equal favourite Looks Like Elvis before shooting up the inside rail on straightening to get a clear run.
The comfortable run in transit gave Black On Gold plenty of energy in the straight as he powered past Archedemus to beat it by three quarters of a length with Savacool running on for third.
“He got a cozy run and was produced at the right time by Brenton,” Duckworth said.
“He’s a horse that plenty of people can often question how much he puts in so saving that ground up the inside was probably crucial to him.
“He got there doing no work at all and then let down with a strong sprint so there’s no reason why he can’t head on through to the Magic Millions like he did last year.”
Meanwhile, Trumbull, as expected, took a drift in the market for this Saturday’s $1 million The Hunter (1300m) at Newcastle after drawing wide in gate 13 for the big race.
Trumbull has drawn wide in The Hunter at Newcastle. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
The Kim Waugh-trained galloped was a solid $4 favourite for the race off a fantastic win in the Sydney Stakes (1200m) last start but went out to $4.60 after Wednesday’s draw.
The big winner was Ranier, who firmed in from $7.50 to 6.50, after getting gate eight and is trying to win the race for Godolphin for the second time after Savatiano won the inaugural running of The Hunter in 2019.
In the other two features, Perfect Romance is a $3 favourite for the Spring Stakes while Sliders is well-supported to take out the Max Lees Classic to open the card.
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Sky Racing News Update: November 10th 2020
Sky Racing News Update: November 10th 2020.
Originally published asAvdulla strikes Gold in Ladies Day Cup
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