This preparation is proving to be a very successful one for STOCK UP, a four-year-old bay or brown mare by the New Zealand based stallion Tavistock, after she recorded consecutive wins in her only two runs this time in.
The victory came in the last race on the card at Newcastle, the Subway Class 1 Handicap (1400 metres). Racing was held under a clear blue sky with the sun beaming down for most of the day.
The moveable rail was 2 metres out from the 1000 metres to the winning post and true for the remainder with the track rated a Good 4.
Singleton Racing had brought up two horses from Hawkesbury for the day’s racing, the other being Poet’s Advocate. STOCK UP was to carry 57.5kgs and had drawn barrier eight out of a possible ten, Shaun Guymer was declared the jockey.
The gates opened and STOCK UP began well. From the wide barrier, Shaun assessed the early pace and had his mount positioned amongst the first four horses.
The 1200 metres marker saw Something Shocking take up the role of front-runner, Mandalong Emperor slotting into second and STOCK UP, still a couple of horses off the fence in third with Timion behind that trio.
Rolling forward 200 metres, Shaun had his horse very comfortable and was happy to maintain his line. That being the case, Timion’s rider decided to make a move up the inside of STOCK UP as soon as the move was made, the jockey on Timion had to ease.
The field were now approaching 800 metres from home, with the exception of Mandalong Emperor coming off the fence and Exit Only improving on the outside, the other runners maintained their spots. Shaun was biding his time on STOCK UP.
With 500 metres left to run the pace quickened. Exit Only had pushed on out wide and was challenging Something Shocking, Mandalong Emperor was between those two. STOCK UP was poised behind Exit Only … ready to strike.
On the point of the home turn, the jockey had moved STOCK UP one horse further out and was travelling strongly. Shaun pushed the “go” button 300 metres out, the result, the four-year-old mare showed a nice turn of foot, grabbing the lead 100 metres later.
The duo were two lengths in front passing the 100 metres. STOCK UP, still full of running, held that margin to the winning post, comfortably.
To the victors go the spoils, a nice win and a confident ride from Shaun all point to more successes forthcoming. STOCK UP is now realising her potential which is great news and has been brought along with the utmost of expertise from Scott and his team at Singleton Racing.
Really looking forward to the mare’s next few runs.