The daring tactic of putting a gap in them halfway through the run was executed to perfection in race eight at the Hawkesbury race meeting last Thursday, the 9th of November.
POET’S ADVOCATE, the four-year-old gelding by Poet’s Voice (GB), once again showed the rest of his opponents how to win races from in front. The way the race was run emulated his victory at Newcastle two starts back.
The gelding was one of eleven starters in the last of the day, the Richmond Club Ted McCabe Class 4 Handicap (1500m), a feature race named in honour of the late Ted McCabe a long-time board member.
The jockey for today’s assignment was Shaun Guymer and the pair would jump from barrier seven. POET’S ADVOCATE’s allocated weight was 55.5kgs.
POET’S ADVOCATE’s price hadn’t fluctuated much at all in betting ($21/$26/$21/$26). The stable had two runners in the race, Spinning Dawn, the other member of the team, was also unfancied in the market being a $71 quote.
It was the first time the four-year-old would compete over the 1500 metres journey, having had a few tries over 1600 metres and not recording a win. His other victories have been over 1300 metres (2) and 1400 metres (1).
So, the plan was to get a decent break on the field midrace, ala the Newcastle run, go for home and let the others try and catch you if they can.
Shortly after the start So Spirited ($2.30F) looked intent on leading, POET’S ADVOCATE had drawn inside the favourite and Shaun was doing a good job in keeping that horse wide without using up too much “petrol”.
Once in front at around the 1000 metres mark, the jockey had his mount rolling along at a solid tempo with So Spirited to their outside.
Past the 800 metres pole and Shaun “released the brakes” a little and within one hundred and fifty metres the margin to the second horse was a bit over four lengths and the rider hadn’t moved.
Around the bend and straightening for home the duo still led by four and Shaun still hadn’t budged. It was with about 300 metres left to run the jockey gave his horse full rein and began urging POET’S ADVOCATE along.
Maintaining their rhythm, Shaun had POET’S ADVOCATE in top gear and charging. With 100 metres to go, his midrace tactic began to take it’s toll resulting in a shortening of stride and the other runners closing fast.
The John P. Thompson-trained Reneged was finishing strongly out wide but the finish line came too soon. POET’S ADVOCATE’s winning margin was just over half a length with a further one and three quarter lengths to So Spirited, which had stuck on well, in third placing.
What a win ! , one doesn’t often get to witness a midrace move like that, it was truly hard to believe a horse could increase a leading margin that much in such a short distance.
Sincere congratulations to the owners, many of who have supported the stable for many years, we truly appreciate your patronage.
Thanks to the team at SIngleton Racing you’ve done a grand job. The original purchase of POET’S ADVOCATE by Scott at the Inglis Classic Summer Sales proved that he definitely has an eye for a good horse at a good price.