That was the tactic used that saw the three-year-old gelding ART OF DEFENCE ($3.10) by Teofilo (IRE) out of the Dash for Cash mare From Thewitnessbox take out first prize in Race 2 at Queanbeyan on Saturday 10th January.
After being placed at his last two outings at Cessnock and Orange and his usual jockey Kevin May taking the mount. ART OF DEFENCE, from his wide barrier, was hunted along after the gates opened to take up his customary role in front which was achieved by the 1400 metre mark.
With a solid pace being set, the youngest horse in the race at three, was travelling comfortably in the lead. At the 1100 metres he was challenged briefly by the race favourite TWO SHINERS ($2.70), ridden by the veteran sixty one-year-old Kevin Sweeney, by the 800 metres TWO SHINERS began to weaken.
Just before the home turn the leader quickened the pace to increase the margin to the rest of the field and maintained that margin well into the straight.
Although getting a bit weary close to the winning post, ART OF DEFENCE dug deep to hold off the fast finishing THE POWERFUL NOMAD to prevail by a bit less than a head with a further one and a half lengths away to the third horse SPOOKY WARRIOR trained by Terry Robinson.
His trainer mentioned before the run that the horse was as good as he could get him fitness wise and he expected a bold showing. As mentioned in previous articles, Scott is very astute in his judgement of his charges and places them accordingly, his hands on approach certainly paying dividends.
A resounding congratulations to "Frank's" owners, stable stalwarts Wal and Anne Langham, Margaret Roberts and Scott himself. They should all look forward to ART OF DEFENCE's future racing ... exciting times ahead.