The son of Mosayter (USA), who is by Storm Cat (USA), named BASE CAMP recorded his second win at the Bathurst race meeting held yesterday 22nd January 2017.
It was a super performance by both the horse and jockey Christian Reith. BASE CAMP had to carry 62.5kgs in the race. He had drawn barrier six out of a possible ten on a track that was rated a Good 3, with temperatures in the high 30’s, it was going to be a tough task.
Always fancied by punters in the betting ($2.70/$3/$2.80/$2.90) BASE CAMP started second favourite behind the locally trained Ave ($2.80). The start is located in the 1400 metres chute with a fairly straight run until the runners negotiate the wide bend which takes them into the home straight.
BASE CAMP left the barriers on terms with the rest of the field, initially Christian thought he may be travelling outside of the lead, after 150 metres or so the jockey “took stock”. Due to the runners inside of them pushing on and with the big weight decided to ease his mount in order to give themselves every opportunity of success, the pair eventually settling approximately five lengths off the pace at the 1000 metres marker.
Around 800 metres from home, the favourite was outside of BASE CAMP and beginning to push forward. Christian sticking to his “Plan B”, let Ave go and remained one off the fence travelling comfortably running second last.
The leader, Dragon Shadow, had increased the margin to second when they passed the 600 metres pole and the pace was quickening. BASE CAMP was now six lengths back with his rider biding his time, ensuring there would be clear running ahead before entering the straight in the run for home and setting his mount alight.
With just over 200 metres left to run, BASE CAMP was eased out to be behind Ave, seven to eight horses off the rail. Christian then decided it was time to get serious, tracking the favourite, which was still over two lengths ahead.
A couple of slaps with the whip saw BASE CAMP respond strongly. Ave had hit the lead 100 metres out, 50 metres later BASE CAMP was alongside that horse and charging home.
So strong was his finishing burst, BASE CAMP went on to win by nearly three-quarters of a length with over a length to the third-placed horse Seething Jackal. The time for the race was 1:21.78.
Congratulations to J.W. Kelly Suffolk Vale & Co. and to Christian for having the ability to sum up and change the race plan during the run. Well done to Scott “The Tinkerer” for changing gear (blinkers on) a few days prior to this start.
As a result of this performance, which showed that BASE CAMP is not only an on-pace runner, he should climb to greater heights and all the staff at Singleton Racing sincerely hope he does.