Once again it was a case of the four-year-old mare CONCESSIONS notching up yet another home-track victory, her fourth in fact, at the Hawkesbury Race Club’s race meeting held on Thursday 9th November 2017.
As trainer Scott said after the win “It’s a bit of circumstance that all her wins so far have been at home because she has raced more here, I won’t shy away from running her at Hawkesbury if the races suit.”
CONCESSIONS was on a thirteen day backup after her pleasing run at Canterbury, beaten a head over the 1900m journey. As the mare had done well since the run, Scott picked out this race as being one which would give his horse every possible opportunity of getting another win on the board …. once again his race selection was spot on.
With only six runners in the race, CONCESSIONS was the second highest benchmark rated horse (71) , the Peter and Paul Snowden trained Zaunkonig, a 73 rating, being the highest.
The betting market showed that there were only two possible chances, Zaunkonig and CONCESSIONS. Zaunkonig being the early favourite with CONCESSIONS firming under solid support from the punters to start at $2.00 and favourite at race time.
Christian Reith, her jockey every start this preparation, was to ride and the mare was assigned to carry 58kgs in the 2100 metres event. CONCESSIONS had drawn the inside barrier and the races will be run on a drying track rated a Good 4.
The runners in the field all jumped cleanly with Zaunkonig taking up the role of early pacemaker. As I Do, from barrier five, stayed wide in order to take up a forward position outside the leader. Christian on CONCESSIONS was content to settle in third on the rail.
Onto the 1000 metres mark, the positions unchanged, the duo were about two lengths from the lead. CONCESSIONS was travelling keenly and with 900 metres still to go began pulling a little harder.
Fortunately the tempo increased giving Christian the possibility of allowing him to ease his hold a little. CONCESSIONS responded in kind and by the time the runners were closing in on the 800 metres pole the pair were getting along nicely. Although the one-hundred-to-one outsider Sparton was making a move going up on the outside of the pair.
With the 600 metres mark behind then and the home turn in their sights, the leaders had “upped the ante” again. As quick as Sparton came into the race he went out, dropping off just before turning for home.
It was at that point that Christian eased off the fence heading to the outside of the field so that there was clear running to the winning post. Once balanced in the straight CONCESSIONS was asked to quicken, which she did and was coming into the race strongly.
There was 150 metres left to run when horse and rider were hitting the lead and full of running down the middle of the track with Christian giving his ride full rein on a couple of occasions.
A few flourishes of the whip was all that was needed to keep CONCESSIONS’s mind on the job, drawing clear in the final stages going across the line under a hold with her jockey sitting up.
An excellent performance by both horse and jockey, with a track record to boot. There were possibly a few concerns when CONCESSIONS was over-racing a tad mid-race, but those concerns were soon forgotten.
“She is lovely and healthy and I think that’s the best she has ever gone,” Singleton said afterwards of his four-year-old Tickets mare. “I’d like to try her again in town over a bit more distance and then give her a break.”
Congratulations to the owners, Scott and his team and to Christian and of course CONCESSIONS, really looking forward to her next start.