Robbie Burns produces huge run in PGG Sales Aged Handicap
Already handicapped as the backmarker in the race, Robbie Burns had another 30m added to his handicap early on as a number of runners played dodgems with each other. His effort to get as close as he did to the winner Franco Tai can only be described as massive, beaten by a half length.
The big beneficiaries out of the early shemozzles were the frontline runners in Red Moon Rising (leader) and Franco Tai (trail). As they passed the judge with two rounds to go the pair were all of ten lengths clear and not stopping for anyone. It was Bite The Bullet that would drag the other contenders into the race, including the stablemate Robbie Burns that had made good ground after the early skirmish.
As the field headed towards the 800m, it was John and Bite The Bullet that came off a three back trail, going forward to press the issue with Red Moon Rising. Robbie Burns still looked to be travelling well, even after the early problems, sitting poised in the one-one. Turning for home, it was Bite The Bullet that started to peak on his run, as Franco Tai lodged its claim up the passing lane. Robbie Burns was drawn widest of all and powered home all the way up the straight, but at the line the deficit was a half length in favour of Franco Tai.
With the leaders running home in 55.5 and 28.0, Robbie Burns is certain to have run home in under 55 seconds for his last half and he finished widest of all. He is still in cup consideration at the moment with Robert and John still to make a decision on a start.
Bite The Bullet produced a good run also in running 5th, beaten five lengths. He was forced to do a lot of chasing after the tearaway leaders today.
Early in the day and there were good placed runs from both Foreverman and Tuapeka Trick. Foreverman trailled early after beginning well and then assumed the lead for the last lap. Turning for him he held a slight advantage over Gavin Smith and Miracle Rising. This pair were then locked in battle for the length of the straight, with Miracle Rising (part-owned by Nigel Armstrong) getting in the deciding stride right on the post.
A race later and it was the turn of Tuapeka Trick for the Super Seventeen sydicate. Eased off the gate early, Tuapeka Trick enjoyed a great run for most of the race on the back of favourite Shenandoah. He ran on well to finish third, behind the very impressive pacemaker Nandolo, with Shenandoah splitting the pair. With the last 800m run in 55 seconds, the last 400m in 27 seconds, it was a good effort to get so close considering he had to come wide with his run.
Posted: Mon 30 Oct 2017