Visiting English jockey Tom Marquand and the three-year-old gelding PARTNERS could be classed as just that when they stole the seventh race of the day at the Wyong Race Club’s meeting held on Sunday 27th January. It was a great ride from Tom, setting a solid pace from barrier rise and adopting “catch me if you can” tactics, rating his horse to perfection.

 The writing was put on the wall after PARTNERS’ previous start at Gosford, ten days earlier, when the pair finished second, beaten by half a length, over the same class and distance. The punters were confident, keeping the horse at short odds in the betting market ( $3.90 / $3.80 / $3.70 ).

 Wyong’s track was in perfect order for the day’s racing, being rated a good 4. The weather was fine and the moveable rail in the true position.  The very hot conditions that had been encountered recently had eased slightly.

 The 1100 metres start is located in the early part of the 1350 metres chute which is an extension of the back straight. PARTNERS had drawn the outside barrier, in eight. To overcome that gate, runners have the advantage of a 250 metres straight run before the first bend.

 PARTNERS didn’t need anywhere near that distance. Tom rifled his mount out of the gates and by the time the field had travelled 100 metres the duo were just over two lengths in front and travelling.

 Tom maintained that “good clip” whilst still rating PARTNERS nicely. Approaching the 800 metres mark the pair were nearly four lengths ahead, the jockey still having a good hold on his horse. The 600 metres post saw the leading margin reduced slightly due to the other runners upping the tempo to stay in touch.

 Nearing 400 metres from home, the challengers were coming, Sennacherib, trained by Richard Freedman, was the first, moving to within a length of PARTNERS. At that point jockey Tom was beginning to ask his mount for a finishing effort urging him along hands and heels.

 Around the home turn and into the straight, PARTNERS had kicked when asked for another effort with Sennacherib dropping off. It was the locally-trained Mighty Marmalade, out of the Kim Waugh stable, next to lay down the gauntlet coming into the race strongly. Rectitude ($3.00) ridden by Brett Prebble was starting to hit top gear.

 With under 200 metres left to run, Mighty Marmalade continued to close on PARTNERS with every stride. Unfortunately the post loomed too soon and when they crossed the finish line the margin was just under a neck. Rectitude had run into third placing, two and a quarter lengths away.

 The joys of victory go to the B K Breeding & Racing Syndicate who have invested heavily in the racing game and have horses with several different trainers. We wish you well in your future endeavours.

 Well Done to Tom Marquand for producing an exemplary ride on PARTNERS displaying experience way beyond his years. It was good to hear that he has extended his stay in Australia by a week and wish him good fortune on his remaining rides in our country.

 Finally congratulations to Scott and our team at Singleton Racing, it’s grand to chalk up another victory and that the winning ball will keep rolling.