Sleep­ing Beauty wakes

Sunday News - - CRICKET - NZ RAC­ING

WIN­TER track spe­cial­ist Sleep­ing Beauty didn’t let a chance pass her by at Tau­ranga yes­ter­day.

She rev­elled in the heavy go­ing to bounce back to her best and win for the sixth time in her 13-start ca­reer when suc­cess­ful in the Aon­gatete Cool­stores Lim­ited Premier (1200m).

Raced by Sir Peter Vela, Sleep­ing Beauty had strug­gled in the open­ing two runs of her cur­rent cam­paign on ground firmer than is her pref­er­ence.

“Her two tri­als be­fore her first two runs were super and we thought she was fly­ing, but she ran into a cou­ple of tracks that were too good,” said An­drew Scott, who trains with Lance O’Sullivan.

“Sir Peter and [rac­ing man­ager] Gary Cossey have been re­ally pa­tient. This was her first run for seven weeks, so that was a ques­tion mark, and it’s fan­tas­tic to see her back in form now the win­ter tracks are here.”

Sleep­ing Beauty was rid­den by the sta­ble ap­pren­tice Taiki Yanagida and he had the Rip Van Win­kle mare in the hunt early and she proved su­pe­rior in the run home.

“It was a good ride, he showed good judge­ment in let­ting her slide up to the leader so it’s good for his con­fi­dence,” Scott said.

“The weight re­lief was a mas­sive help, with 52.5kg it brought her right into the race.”

Sleep­ing Beauty chal­lenged the front-run­ner Tem­ple Tiger TR­ISH DUNELL 250m from the post and edged clear to win by three-quar­ters of a length.

“I’m re­ally happy. The four kilo claim helped her and she loves wet tracks,” Yanagida said.

Jus­ta­canta came from the back of the field for third ahead of Az Given, who was brave af­ter chal­leng­ing three wide be­fore the turn. ● An­drew Camp­bell ad­mit­ted to a huge feel­ing of re­lief af­ter Padraig turned the sta­ble’s for­tunes around yes­ter­day.

The Cam­bridge trainer has en­dured a frus­trat­ing year with a virus af­fect­ing the ma­jor­ity of his run­ners.

“We’ve had a very bad run, it’s great to get the mon­key off my back,” Camp­bell said.

He was re­fer­ring to Padraig’s Tau­ranga suc­cess in the Seeka Premier Hand­i­cap against the older horses.

“He won well, he was run­ning out of his grade so it was a tough ef­fort,” Camp­bell said.

Padraig, who won in Vic­to­ria dur­ing a stint with Trent Busut­tin and Natalie Young, had been beaten over 1200m when re­sum­ing.

“He didn’t do much fresh-up and I was scratch­ing my head. I think he just needed more ground,” he said.

Taiki Yanagida is all smiles af­ter win­ning on Sleep­ing Beauty at Tau­ranga yes­ter­day.

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