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Drop in grade suits South Of Houston

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South Of Houston appreciated a drop in grade to land an easy win at Sandown.

SOUTH OF HOUSTON winning the Thoroughbred Club Australia Handicap at Ladbrokes Park Lakeside in Springvale, Australia.
SOUTH OF HOUSTON winning the Thoroughbred Club Australia Handicap at Ladbrokes Park Lakeside in Springvale, Australia. Picture: Racing Photos

Trainers Mick Price and Michael Kent Jnr went searching for answers following the disappointing first-up performance of South Of Houston during the Melbourne Cup Carnival

The trainers could find nothing amiss with the mare, so they duly proceeded to Sandown on Wednesday where the mare blitzed her rivals in the Thoroughbred Club Australia Handicap (1200m). 

Taking advantage of barrier one, South Of Houston ($3.80) under the guidance of Celine Gaudray, led throughout to score by 1-¼ lengths from Running By ($4.60) with Masterful ($7) two lengths away third. 

It was the third time in three starts at Sandown that South Of Houston had drawn barrier one. 

Kent Jnr admitted the stable had been a little ambitious running South Of Houston first-up in the Group 3 Furphy Sprint (1100m) at Flemington on November 4. 

"I know it was a Group 3, but she did go below her best," Kent Jnr said. 

"We couldn't work out why. We did all the tests, she seemed to be going great and Tahlee who rides her was delighted with her trackwork. 

"She looks fantastic, and we applied a crossover noseband as she can be a little bit gassy. 

"It was a very good ride by Celine. She showed good initiative and found the front, rated her well, didn't go too slow, allowed her to breathe properly. 

"She's a progressive mare. She's a big strong girl that has a good pedigree and it's good to get her back on track." 

With a benchmark handicap rating of 72, Kent Jnr said South Of Houston, despite being equal topweight with 62kg in Wednesday's race, was well suited against 'the boys' on Wednesday. 

"I thought she was very well-placed today in a benchmark 64 with the mares' allowance and also with the two-kilogram claim for Celine, she was well in really," Kent Jnr said. 

"It worked out, but I think we'll just go through the grades at this stage and look for something maybe a little stronger later on." 


Racing and Sports

Sandown-Lakeside

Wednesday, 29th November 2023

7
16:30
(local)

Thoroughbred Club Australia Handicap

Age: 4yo and up WT: 55.0kg Type: BM64
AUD $50,000
1200m TURF SOFT
7
16:30
(local)
AUD $50,000
1200m SOFT

Thoroughbred Club Australia Handicap

Age: 4yo and up WT: 55.0kg Type: BM64


FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 1. SOUTH OF HOUSTON (AUS) 4yo M
DEEP FIELD (AUS) - SOHO SECRET (AUS)
CELINE GAUDRAY
MICK PRICE & MICHAEL KENT JNR
$3.75
60kg
G R Lechte, J Lechte, M Angelini & A T Harrison

Sales Information

2nd 4. RUNNING BY (AUS) 4yo M
IMPENDING (AUS) - MORE SPARK (AUS)
DYLAN B MCMONAGLE
CIARON MAHER & DAVID EUSTACE
$4.6
61kg
Seymour Bloodstock (Mgr: D S Thomas), G R Daws, D I Hollyman, J T Jones, R G Kretschmar, K R Rowbotham, J D Stewart, Mrs B M Stewart, H D Bailey, R F Diaz, R A Elliott, D S Hutch, A R R Macalpine, R A J Racing (Mgr: A Alex) & Supasonic

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3rd 3. MASTERFUL (AUS) 5yo G
DEEP FIELD (AUS) - RIDDLING (AUS)
MS HANNAH LE BLANC
ENVER JUSUFOVIC
$7
58kg
Miss L Williams

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4th 6. HELMITON (AUS) 6yo G
HELMET (AUS) - SWEET MISS RUBY (AUS)
DAMIAN LANE
MATHEW ELLERTON
$21
60kg

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5th 10. CAPRE OMNIA (AUS) 4yo G
HEADWATER (AUS) - KEE DE VEGA (AUS)
JOHN ALLEN
MITCHELL FREEDMAN
$9
59kg

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6th 12. TURN UP THE NIGHT (NZ) 4yo G
PER INCANTO (USA) - GREAT EXPECTATIONS (NZ)
SHERIDAN CLARKE
B & A MCKNIGHT
$17
56kg

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7th 8. KEW PLAYER (NZ) 6yo G
PER INCANTO (USA) - MISS DAPHNE (NZ)
BEAU MERTENS
D & C FEEK
$41
59.5kg

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8th 2. ZAMBORGHINI (AUS) 4yo G
ZOUSTAR (AUS) - LADY JIVAGO (AUS)
WIREMU PINN
MATT LAURIE
$3.6
60kg

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9th 14. ROC DE RUSSIAN (NZ) 5yo G
EL ROCA (AUS) - DE RUSSIAN QUEEN (NZ)
BLAIKE MCDOUGALL
K & K KEYS
$26
57.5kg

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10th 15. WANT TO DOO (AUS) 6yo G
TORONADO (IRE) - FLYING HOSTESS (AUS)
TATUM BULL
LOGAN MCGILL
$41
52kg

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