It was like a reenactment of the victory four-year-old mare ALASTRIONA registered three weeks earlier. The win made it two on end for the daughter of the Vinery Stud based stallion, Pluck (USA).
The only slight variations were the distance of the race … she had to run 74 metres less and carry an extra two and a half kilos.
Singleton Racing had been entrusted with the galloper after the mare raced in Queensland for most of her career thus far.
ALASTRIONA only had a five week freshen-up since travelling south and the change of environment and training methods have produced two wins from two runs in succcession this preparation.
As previously mentioned the similarities are amazing … racing on the Synthetic track in Canberra, same class, BM 55, same jockey, Jess Taylor and the racing pattern was identical.
It was evident, after beginning well, Jess would take up a good position. She had assessed the pace and ultimately parked ALASTRIONA outside Boys Day Out whose complete intent was to take up the role of frontrunner.
Around the 1000 metres marker, her jockey put out a short-lived “tester” to challenge the lead which wasn’t going to be given up. Therefore, Jess was content to settle into a solid-paced rhythm behind the leader.
Now 800 metres from home and travelling a length off Boys Day Out, the pair began to gradually edge closer and on passing the 600, the margin was now only half a length, with Jess preparing for the run to the finish line.
With the home turn negotiated, ALASTRIONA was level with the frontrunner, whose jockey was beginning to “feel for the whip” but it was in vain. Travelling strongly, the four-year-old mare started to assert her superiority under hands and heels riding.
The furlong mark saw ALASTRIONA full of running and two lengths clear, heading for victory. One wave of the whip was all that was needed from Jess to keep her mount’s mind on the job. The top-weight Jar Of Hearts, under her 61kgs, tried valiantly and was closing marginally but it was too much of an ask.
ALASTRIONA saluted the judge almost one and a half lengths in front of her opposition. The race time was 1:10.88 and the final 600 metres covered in a tick under 35 seconds.
Congratulations to Sarah Constable, the owner. Singleton Racing really appreciate your decision on selecting us as your trainer, it was certainly a wise one and we are so pleased you are reaping the benefits.
One couldn’t ask for a better ride from Jess, it was great to see her notch up yet another winner. Finally to all the team at home, sincerest congrats ... from all the hard work comes success … Well Done.
courtesy of Bradley Photos