Blue Blood Thoroughbred’s syndicated racehorse, Sedanzer has defied a betting drift to win at Rosehill.
CO-TRAINER Adrian Bott said the stable would resist sending Sedanzer to the Group 2 Villiers Stakes next month despite her brilliant return at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.
The four-year-old Sebring mare was first-up after an Australasian Oaks and South Australian Derby campaign in May and the Gai Waterhouse-Bott team had her primed to take out the 1400m event.
Off a slow speed she came from behind to get past Slow Burn by a head. The unsuitable way the race panned out only showed her class, but Bott said she would probably avoid the summer Randwick feature mile.
“We’ll try and keep her to the fillies and mares grade. She performs well fresh and enjoys these bigger tracks,” he said.
We thought she was very forward after a nice trial. I was a little concerned with how she paraded, being off for such a long time. She sweated up little and got a bit hot in the pre-parade and drifted a little in the market.
“Those concerns were easily erased when I saw her sprint down the outside.”
Regular trackwork rider Rachel King wasn’t surprised when she let the mare go on straightening.
“I knew how well she would let down,” King said. “The speed early didn’t play into our hands so she did a very good job to get on top of them late. She’s pretty instant when you let her go. It’s a good feeling.”
Bott said Sedanzer might head north to chase further riches after a few more Sydney runs, but the stable would like to keep her to a mile at most which enables her to produce her brilliant sprint.
“When she’s ridden quietly she’s got a devastating turn of foot. We’ve seen that over 1400m and mile,” Bott said. “She got into a nice position and relaxed. Rachel got her into a nice position and was able to conserve energy.
“She’s a Magic Millions filly so we might be headed up that way.”