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Socks Nation impresses in breakthrough win

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Socks Nation has registered a soft maiden win at Sandown.

SOCKS NATION winning the Ladbrokes Owners Incentive Scheme Plate at Ladbrokes Park Lakeside in Springvale, Australia.
SOCKS NATION winning the Ladbrokes Owners Incentive Scheme Plate at Ladbrokes Park Lakeside in Springvale, Australia. Picture: Racing Photos

Bart Cummings famously said patience costs nothing and it paid a winning dividend for the connections of Socks Nation at Sandown

The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained filly strolled to an easy win under John Allen in the Ladbrokes Owners Incentive Scheme Plate (1500m) on Wednesday. 

The Maher and Eustace stable used the different training bases at Cranbourne and Pakenham to extract the best out of Socks Nation to land an impressive maiden win. 

Jumping straight to the front, Socks Nation, the $1.60 favourite, lengthened her stride impressively to score a soft 5-¾ length win from Maxxi Bon ($17) with Everett ($12) a long head away third. 

Assistant trainer Jack Turnbull said Socks Nation had been taken a long quietly by the team and was lining up for only her fourth start on Wednesday. 

Socks Nation went almost two months between her second a third starts, something Turnbull said will enable the filly to extend her preparation well into summer. 

"It was just a breather," Turnbull said. 

"That is the beauty of Ballarat in that you can forget about them in the back paddock, so they can have a pick, and you can get more of a prep out of them as it showed today. 

"We wanted to stretch her out through the spring and into summer as we knew she was capable, and the races would fall away." 

Turnbull said the bar would not be raised too high in the immediate future for Socks Nation who was likely to head to a VOBIS Silver Three-Year-Old Fillies over 1500m at Moonee Valley next month. 

"Given that she's won well today and if she draws well, it could be very suitable," Turnbull said. 

"Today she showed good tactical speed and on paper there didn't look to be a lot, so when she jumped clean, Johnny went forward. 

"She did everything right. She's very professional and has threatened to win a race like this, so it's just great for the owners. 

She's a filly that has always showed ability, so to win a race in town is fantastic." 


Racing and Sports

Sandown-Lakeside

Wednesday, 29th November 2023

1
13:00
(local)

Ladbrokes Owners Incentive Scheme Plate

Age: 3yo and up Type: MDN
AUD $55,000
1500m TURF SOFT
1
13:00
(local)
AUD $55,000
1500m SOFT

Ladbrokes Owners Incentive Scheme Plate

Age: 3yo and up Type: MDN


FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 11. SOCKS NATION (AUS) 3yo F
SIOUX NATION (USA) - TAHNEE TIARA (AUS)
JOHN ALLEN
CIARON MAHER & DAVID EUSTACE
$1.6
56kg
Iskander Racing & Breeding (Mgr: S R Iskander) & S P Hedge

Sales Information

2nd 2. MAXXI BON (AUS) 4yo G
BON AURUM (AUS) - MAXIXE (AUS)
MATTHEW CARTWRIGHT
WENDY KELLY
$17
59.5kg
K King, S A Joyce, Mrs S E Joyce, P J Rust, T Willott, L Dawson, M Conti, T D Lloyd, M Mascitti, R Mascitti, Mrs P J Henderson, D Conti, Mrs A P King, Top Hat N Tails, C L M Racing & Ken King Thoroughbreds (Mgr: Mrs A P King)
3rd 8. EVERETT (AUS) 4yo M
WINNING RUPERT (AUS) - SUGAR MUMMY (NZ)
BEAU MERTENS
ENVER JUSUFOVIC
$12
57.5kg
B Bognetto & E Jusufovic

Sales Information

4th 12. TARVUE (NZ) 3yo F
TARZINO (NZ) - VAMOOSE (JPN)
SHERIDAN CLARKE
JOHN SADLER
$8.5
53kg

Sales Information

5th 3. PIERCING SKY (NZ) 4yo G
ALMANZOR (FR) - FORTUNE'S CHOICE (AUS)
BILLY EGAN
MATT CUMANI
$6.5
59.5kg

Sales Information

6th 9. JENNY THE BEAVER (AUS) 4yo M
JIMMY CREED (USA) - BELVEDERE ROAD (AUS)
Fred W Kersley
BEN O'FARRELL
$20
57.5kg

Sales Information

7th 1. BREMEN (AUS) 4yo G
DUNDEEL (NZ) - MATRON (NZ)
BLAIKE MCDOUGALL
JOHN MOLONEY
$17
59.5kg
8th 4. RIPPLEVIEW LAD (AUS) 5yo G
BON HOFFA (AUS) - MEZMAR (AUS)
THOMAS STOCKDALE
DALE SHORT
$41
59.5kg

Sales Information

9th 10. QUINTESSENTIALMISS (AUS) 4yo M
SMART MISSILE (AUS) - LOVE FIELD (NZ)
TAYLA CHILDS
JOHN THOM
$101
54.5kg

Sales Information

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