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Icarus impresses in flying Sandown win

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Adelaide Carnival next step after eye-catching three-year-old victory.

ICARUS winning the Sportsbet Photo Finish Refund Plate at Sportsbet Sandown Lakeside in Springvale, Australia.
ICARUS winning the Sportsbet Photo Finish Refund Plate at Sportsbet Sandown Lakeside in Springvale, Australia. Picture: Racing Photos

A frustrating run of false starts came to a successful end for trainer Greg Eurell as three-year-old Icarus ($16) scored an impressive win in class record time at Sandown.

In Greek mythology, Icarus perished when he flew too close to the sun but for the equine equivalent, Eurell was just pleased to get the career of the storied namesake off the ground after several attempts before the son of O'Lonhro's debut victory in the Sportsbet Photo Finish Refund Plate (1200m).

"He has been so frustrating," Eurell said.

"We thought he was ready to go to the races and then he went shin sore and we had to put him out.

"Then he'd go shin sore again, and again, and every time we put him out he was getting bigger and stronger.

"To get him to the races and see what he can do, finally."

Eurell noted a step up to group racing company was now on the cards for the gelding with the Group 2 Tobin Bronze Stakes (1200m) a Morphettville on 27 April the next likely outing.

Icarus' winning time of 1:10.97 second was just over 1.4 seconds outside of the Sandown Lakeside track record set by Tesbury Jack in 2016.

Icarus scored by 1¾-lengths over the Ciaron Maher-trained Hear The Crowd ($15) with Creek ($11) a ½-head margin away in third.

The $1.45 favourite A Book Of Days finished fourth.


Racing and Sports

Sandown-Lakeside

Monday, 01st April 2024

1
13:10
(local)

Sportsbet Photo Finish Refund Plate

Age: 3yo Type: MDN
AUD $60,000
1200m TURF GOOD
1
13:10
(local)
AUD $60,000
1200m GOOD

Sportsbet Photo Finish Refund Plate

Age: 3yo Type: MDN


FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 4. ICARUS (AUS) 3yo G
O'LONHRO (AUS) - CARTERISTA (AUS)
DANIEL MOOR
GREG EURELL
$16
58kg
Ms D L Eurell, S Saade, N Saade, Mrs L D Saade, P A McGinty, Mrs S C McGinty, K M Vickery, Mrs L P Kent, W Funahashi, P Gasparini & Brunny's Best (Mgr: P A McGinty)
2nd 9. HERE THE CROWD (AUS) 3yo F
TRAPEZE ARTIST (AUS) - FLEUR DE'HERE (NZ)
MS CARLEEN HEFEL
CIARON MAHER
$15
56kg
C A Stott, M J Byrnes, Mrs J Gibson, Mrs S M Montague, R H Montague, Mrs S Neill, Mrs B Ramsay, P J Sexton, J M Simmons, N F Walker, R W Henebery, N S Burrows, Dr J C V Canty, G Chapman, M Cunningham, A W Foster, J D Sage, Mrs D S Newhouse, Smiths Beach & TwentyOneZero Racing

Sales Information

3rd 3. CREEK (AUS) 3yo C
SIDESTEP (AUS) - RILLITO (AUS)
JAMIE KAH
JAMES CUMMINGS
$11
58kg
Godolphin
4th 1. A BOOK OF DAYS (AUS) 3yo G
WRITTEN BY (AUS) - ROCK PRINCESS (AUS)
JYE MCNEIL
BEN, WILL & JD HAYES
$1.45
58kg

Sales Information

5th 8. GIN BABA (GB) 3yo F
INVINCIBLE SPIRIT (IRE) - BABA GHANOUJ (IRE)
LINDA MEECH
PETER G MOODY & KATHERINE COLEMAN
$6
56kg
6th 2. BRAVUE (AUS) 3yo G
BRAZEN BEAU (AUS) - CHEVOVESSENCE (AUS)
DECLAN BATES
CINDY ALDERSON
$31
58kg

Sales Information

7th 10. IMMORTELLE (NZ) 3yo F
U S NAVY FLAG (USA) - EVERLASTING (AUS)
DAMIAN LANE
PETER G MOODY & KATHERINE COLEMAN
$18
56kg

Sales Information

8th 6. MISIL CADENTE (AUS) 3yo G
REDENTE (AUS) - ANGELIFY (AUS)
ZAC SPAIN
SHANE NICHOLS
$81
58kg

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