Take nothing away from Golden Rose winner Trapeze Artist, but the runner-up Champagne Cuddles really was a sectional star out of the Group 1 feature.
The Punters’ Intel data out of the Rosehill meeting illustrates the effort the filly put in to finish as close as she did given the start she conceded.
At the 800m, Champagne Cuddles was some 34 metres off the lead and over 17m from the winner Trapeze Artist.
From there she reeled off the fastest 200m sections to the 200m of 11.37, 11.26 and 11.24 before a final furlong of 12.26 bettered only by the winner though no horse broke 12 seconds for the final split.
She easily recorded the fastest last 600m of 34.76.
One of the eye-catching runs of the day came from the Chris Waller-trained Paret in the opening race.
His last 200m of 11.63 was the fastest of the meeting and had he not run about badly at around the 100m it could have been even quicker.
The 400m-200m section of 11.06 shows he was building to a big finish and the last 600m in 34.43 was easily the best of the race.
It wasn’t a day for fast times, overall or sectionally, with a lot more give in the track than in previous weeks.
A few points to note out of the meeting:
Colin Stephen Quality winner Auvray covered almost 7m more ground than the runner-up Admiral Jello and his last 600m of 36.45 was largely due to taking off before the 600m mark.
Highway Handicap winner Don’t Give A Damn was the only horse in his race to break 13 seconds for the last 200m, running 12.51.
Fastest last 600m: Washington Heights (R5) 34.29
Most ground covered: Colesburg +9.9m (R6); Auvray +9.4m (R2).
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