The win of ex Queenslander, four-year-old mare ALASTRIONA adds testament to the fact that a change of environment and training methods along with mental happiness can all be aspects of getting racehorses back to the winners stall.
After a five week freshen up, the mare was having her first start for Singleton Racing since leaving the Gold Coast and ALASTRIONA put on a fine display when she recorded her third career victory at Canberra on the synthetic Acton track on Friday 22nd June 2018.
It was a cool day in the state’s capital and the meeting was to be held under clear blue skies. ALASTRIONA’s race was the lucky last, a Benchmark 55 Handicap run over the journey of 1280 metres. Jockey Jess Taylor was declared as the rider and ALASTRIONA would carry the impost of 55.5kgs. She would jump from barrier five out of a possible eleven.
All was set over at the 1280 metres start, after jumping well, Jess, adhering to the plan, had her mount into her rhythm fairly quickly and was travelling on the speed. At one stage the pair were in front, however that was short-lived as one of the local horses, Boys Day Out had rushed around the field to take up the role of frontrunner.
By the time the runners had passed the 1000 metres mark ALASTRIONA had settled a couple of lengths off the leader and getting along at a steady clip. Leaving the 800 metres mark astern, Jess was mindful not to let Boys Day Out get too far in front. With that thought, the jockey had her mount edge closer to the leader, by the time the 600 metres was behind them, ALASTRIONA was right on the leaders “hammer” and travelling well within herself.
Rounding the the home turn, with 400 metres still to run, ALASTRIONA sidled up alongside the frontrunner under her own steam, got balanced and was matching strides with Boys Day Out remaining alongside that horse until they were a furlong out. It was at that point, Jess decided it was time to ease the brakes and as a result ALASTRIONA began pulling away from the opposition. Still under a good hold the duo cruised past the winning post three lengths ahead of the rest of them.
To the owner, Sarah Constable, heartiest congratulations, we are so happy for you … what a brilliant debut for your horse under our care. We look forward to her next outing with anticipation and would like to thank you for becoming a part of the Singleton Racing.
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