It wasn’t only stunning to the eye, but Deprive’s last-to-first win at Randwick also produced a rarity when it comes to sectional times.
Sure the EML Handicap was an 1100m sprint but Punter’s Intelligence data shows the Godolphin gelding managed to break 11 seconds for every 200m split in the race.
Considering Rachel King had to do some ducking and weaving when making her run on Deprive it’s a huge feat to be ‘on’ for the entire journey.
Deprive’s last 600m was 32.76, an amazing 0.75 faster than any other horse in the race. Among that last 600m was 10.86 (600m-400m), 10.92 (400m-200m) and 10.98 last 200m.
Whether he can bounce off such a run second-up remains to be seen but his record is five wins from eight starts and his only unplaced effort was a fifth.
Another Godolphin four-year-old Taniko managed to produce the fastest last 600m of the day, running 32.42 albeit in a 1000m scamper.
But her effort was encouraging because her trials leading in had been underwhelming, even trainer James Cummings made that comment on radio on Saturday morning, so for her to charge home from last says she’s in good order.
She had to drift right back to last from a wide gate and Jason Collett chose to try to weave through, she ran 10.52 from the 400m-200m the her last 200m of 11.28 was also clearly best of the race.
Taniko will excel up to 1200m and if there’s a bit of rain around a soft track wouldn’t hurt her cause.
Tim Clark rightly earned plenty of praise for his tactically perfect front running ride on the promising Wolfe in taking out the Sporting Chance Cancer Foundation Handicap (2000m).
The only sectional the imported four-year-old was superior was the first 200m as he established his spot in front.
Clark managed to get away with mid to high 12 second splits down to the 800m then picked it up coming to the turn running 11.81 (800m-600m) and 11.23 (600m-400m). Down to that point was probably where the race was run as he had enough left to hold off the challengers.
Another import Master Of Wine has his hoof on the till after chasing Wolfe home at his third Australian start and Sydney debut. He posted the fastest 400m-200m of 10.93 and just knocked up that last 200m 11.54.
There’s a win very soon in Sweet Victory after her eye-catching first-up effort behind Charlayne over an unsuitable 1200m.
The filly was last at the turn and swung the widest then charged down the outside running 33.50 for her last 600m, fastest of the race, and the best last 200m of 11.33.
She’s set to head to a 1500m event at Rosehill in June and she will be very competitive there.
A comprehensive win to promising two-year-old Prince Fawaz who recovered from a bump on the turn to whip home in 33.62 for his last 600m. That was a clear 0.6 seconds fastest than any other youngster.
Fastest last 600m: Taniko 32.42
Most ground covered (to win): Nobu +11.7m.
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