It’s no surprise that Hugh Bowman elected to make that midrace move on Jolly Honour at Rosehill on Saturday when you look at the data from Punters Intel.
The leader Monsieur Sisu was getting away with a few very slow sections in the early stages, so cheap that from the 1000m-800m he ran 13.55 which was just 0.76 slower that his first 200m from a standing start.
Jolly Honour himself ran 13.17 to the 800m and it was about 840m out where Bowman shook the three-year-old into action.
He ran almost two seconds faster from the 800m-600m (11.26), sustained it for the next furlong running 600m-400m in 11.29 and had his rivals chasing so far out it didn’t matter that his last 600m was a relatively slow 34.80 – just the sixth fastest of the race.
As it’s been said many times since Saturday, take a bow Hugh Bowman.
The eye-catching performance of the day came from Jolly Honour’s stablemate Paret who showed a return to form is imminent at his first run as a gelding.
He found 1200m a bit short for his liking but he found the line with plenty of purpose after being 23m off the lead at the 500m.
Paret produced the day’s best last 600m of 33.43 as he ran into third behind Star Of Monsoon.
He really lit up the track from the 400m-200m with a 10.94, easily the fastest of the race for that section, then just tapered off a little running 11.44 to the post.
That’s generally a sign of scope for improvement and he’ll be a force over a little more ground.
Winter Stakes winner Dreamforce had to earn his Listed win the hard way, the outside barrier forced him to work overtime early to find a spot outside the leader.
From the 1200m-1000m he ran a sharp 11.07. Compare that to the 400m-200m where he ran 11.16 to establish enough of a break to hang on.
Import Raqeeq backed up his super first-up effort as he motored home for a close second to stablemate Vaucluse Bay in the 2000m event.
He was responsible for the fastest last 600m of the race in 35.10 and was the only horse to break 12 seconds for the last 200m (11.90).
Props to the winner Vaucluse Bay, though, as he covered an extra 17.8m to claim the prize.
Green Sweet may have started $101 in the final event but that didn’t stop him from running the best splits in the 1500m race.
He conceded some 26m at the 700m then ran the fastest last 600m of the race in 34.03, that included the best split for each of the final three furlongs.
He’s at his best around the 2000m mark and he might be on the way back to form.
Fastest last 600m: Paret 33.43
Most ground covered (to win): Vaucluse Bay +17/8m
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