The two-year-old son of Charge Forward, out of the Flying Spur mare Flying Away, named CYCLONITE, was victorious in the first race of the day, a 900 metres scamper at Newcastle last Saturday, 17th February. It was the horse’s second start this preparation, the fourth of his career.
The track rating for the day was a Good 4, CYCLONITE would jump from barrier six with the promising apprentice Deanne Panya on top. Deanne’s 1.5kgs claim brought the weight to be carried down to 56.0kgs.
With a clear sky and warm conditions the order of the day, the 900 metres chute at the Broadmeadow track runs parallel to Beaumont Street on the eastern side of the course, runners having only the home turn to negotiate.
The field jumped evenly, CYCLONITE took a step or two to get into his stride, once into it the pair found themselves three or four horses off the fence with horses continually pushing up on their inside.
After approximately 200 metres, Deanne “took stock” and decided rather than push forward to lead and the fact that CYCLONITE was reasonably happy out there, she eased slightly and continued on with the wide path.
Dream Child on the rail, had taken advantage of her inside barrier, and Godolphin’s Skagerrak, which had drawn barrier five and come across inside of CYCLONITE, steadied up between the two.
Positionally, nothing must changed until rounding the home bend, Skagerrak was being pushed along to hold her spot while CYCLONITE was still travelling nicely. Dream Child was also being asked for her effort on the rail and responding.
Down to the business end of the race now and Deanne had upped the tempo on CYCLONITE. After displaying a bit of greenness, which caused his jockey to straighten her mount and rebalance, the duo hit the lead with 200 metres left to run.
A few gentle persuasions with the whip 100 metres out saw CYCLONITE kick clear and full of running. Skagerrak was fading a little with Dream Child still strong on the fence.
Passing the Winning Post it was CYCLONITE by one and a quarter lengths in the time of 51.18 seconds, running a very slick last 600 metres in 32.62 … geez that’s low flying.
Well done Deanne for her “heady” ride and to Scott for his astuteness and having the knowledge and knowing what his horses need to perform.
Many congratulations to the owners, Mr. B.A. Rollings and Mr A.J. Copps, you’ll be having a lot of fun with this fella. We thank you for your support and wish you all the good fortune for the future.