Saturday, 11 August 2012
: Al’s Gold has scored a narrow win in the Kari Aboriginal Resources Benchmark 90 Handicap (1600m) at Warwick Farm today.
| Al's Gold|
Photo by Racing and Sports
The Mick Hood-trained runner sat back in the field and was ridden perfectly by jockey Blake Spriggs who made the trip to Warwick Farm for only the one ride.Gunna Happen
jumped well and went straight to the lead but was quickly joined by Julienus, Honourable Aussie
, putting four lengths on the rest of the field at one stage.
Julienus got the better of Gunna Happy in the straight but was quickly joined by Thumbtacks who got a late split and Al’s Gold who was coming down the centre of the track after rounding the turn three wide.
Al’s Gold just did enough to win in the last couple of strides over Thumbtacks in second and Julienus, one to watch this preparation in third.
“I only had the one ride so I definitely had to make it count,” said Spriggs.
“We thought we were going to be back and Peter Robl (Dehere Hunter) was pretty keen on staying off the fence.
“He is a tricky horse to ride, you almost have to ride him ugly just to win on him because he hates getting cluttered up and last start he got in amongst them and he didn’t appreciate it.
“He likes to roll from the 600m and he got that today and was strong on the line.”
The five-year-old Al Jaasi gelding has now won secen races from 34 starts and has amassed over $250,000 in prozemoney.
“He is such an honest horse I don’t know how I came to get him,” said Hood.
“Blake rode him extra well today and he was where he said he was going to be when we were talking earlier.”
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