HEADING NORTH BRINGS REWARD
TOWERING gelding Old North opened the winning account for Godolphin’s plan to use Queensland’s off-season racing as an option when he broke a long run of outs at Doomben yesterday.
Old North hadn’t won since the Tulloch Stakes of March 2016 after which he failed to live up to big-race expectations.
So, Godolphin and head trainer James Cummings decided on a different path for him this time around.
“We just want to identify the right races for our horses.
‘‘In the case of Old North, that race fit really well into where he’s at right now,” Godolphin’s new Australian man- ager Vin Cox said. “It’s not a fixed plan, just a case of as and when.”
Cox said Old North would likely head straight back to Sydney.
The race was an eye-popper for punters.
I’m A Rippa was unwanted in betting and was then carved up in front when Divine Service raced him to the turn.
The first sectional of 43.21sec is suicidal around the Doomben 1350m and I’m A Rippa did a huge job to hold on for second.
Brad Stewart landed a raceto-race double with Jadentom and a brilliant ride on Vaulting Ambition.
It was a long overdue Saturday success for Vaulting Ambition.
At his second start in a race, he ran third to Too Good To Refuse and Most Important, with the likes of Mr Epic, Craiglea Wandoo and Man Of His Word behind him.
But he was injured after that race and didn’t start again for more than 500 days.
He was the beneficiary of a brilliant ride by Stewart who took the short cuts in the straight.
Trainer Lindsay Hatch noted Jadentom ($7) was extra special to the family, given the mare is named after his children, and he admitted he got extra satisfaction from the win of promising mare in the Sprite Hcp (1200m).
“She has always had ability and won her maiden by a big space but since then she has had real trouble with a hock.
‘‘It was the best I have had her for a long time,” he said.
Matt Dunn has Country Championship ambitions for Snitz who carried a big weight to win first up yesterday.
Snitz will run at Doomben over 1350m in a fortnight, before heading to Grafton for the Country Championship qualifier.
The stable won that race last year with Perfect Dare who then failed to handle the heavy conditions in the Championship Final.
A top-two finish is required at Grafton to qualify for the $500,000 final, which is on April 7.
RIGHT DIRECTION: Old North strides to victory at Doomben yesterday. Picture: Grant Peters/Trackside Photography