By Brad Gray
Sambro has been a work in progress but it all came together in Saturday G3 Blacktown Workers Group Hawkesbury Guineas (1400m).
Sambro pulled out plenty at the finish to claim what was only his second ever win, fighting off Victorem who looked the winner half way down the straight but the sustained run he made from the tail of the field told the last 100m.
Sambro winning the Hawkesbury Guineas
“The 1400m was a slight concern,” revealed Chris Waller’s stable rep Charlie Duckworth.
“We thought it might be a bit short for him but he attacked the line and is certainly in for a good preparation over a bit further.
“He has always shown plenty of ability but done plenty of things wrong. He has final come of age and finally worked it all out. He knows not to overprice and his barrier manners have improved enormously.”
Duckworth put the victory largely down to finally getting the horse’s gear right, something the stable have been tinkering with since he made his debut in January last year.
Sambro's gear changes:
“He has always had the ability, but it was just getting it out of him,” Duckworth said.
Meanwhile, Ben Looker couldn’t fault the effort of Country Championships winner Victorem stepping up to Group company for the first time, and he certainly hasn’t lost faith in the three-year-old's untapped ability.
“He ran super and if he drew a gate he probably wins. I just had to expose him sooner than I liked and it told late, the winner got him. I thought I was home for a while. He’s a good horse,” said Looker.
Victorem ahead of the @hawkesburyrc Guineas.
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