Brave ride bags win for Irithea
A BOLD front-running ride by apprentice Jean Van Overmeire helped secure Irithea a win from a fast-finishing Smartedge at Rosehill yesterday.
Van Overmeire was off and gone on the Bjorn Bakertrained mare approaching the turn and, as she straightened up, she was four lengths in front and held that margin until the 200m when Smartedge started to gain ground.
She held on to win in a photo, but Van Overmeire said she didn’t fall in to win like it might have looked.
“I don’t think she was getting tired. I just think she was waiting for company to come and challenge her. If that did happen earlier, I think she would’ve kicked into another gear and went on with it,” he said.
“My opinion is that she’s a better chaser than a frontrunning horse.”
Baker wants to send the Snitzel mare to the Group 3 Belle Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) at Gosford on December 28.
“It was a great ride and she’s been a bit of a revelation this season. Sydney racing is always conducive to being on speed, so you’ve got to have tactical speed,” Baker said.
“Our plan was to try and bust them up early, make it a true race and hope class prevailed, which it did. She’s always up there and is so tough and that’s how he rode her.
“She’s able to roll along and get going and, with 200m to go, she had a big break and she’s not the sort of horse that stops, she just keeps going, so I thought we were in with a big chance then.”