Star Fall makes it a good call

Sunday Tasmanian - - Sport - RAY THOMAS

IT’S rare to pass up the op­por­tu­nity to race for $2 mil­lion and set­tle for a bench­mark 74 in­stead.

The team be­hind Star Fall can ar­gue they made the right call af­ter his easy win at Royal Rand­wick yes­ter­day.

Star Fall looked classes above his ri­vals as he raced away for his third win in suc­ces­sion in the Jan­uary Hand­i­cap (1000m).

Train­ers Ciaron Ma­her and David Eus­tace had Star Fall en­tered for the Magic Mil­lions 3yo Guineas on the Gold Coast yes­ter­day but a wide bar­rier and con­cerns about the colt’s abil­ity to run a strong 1400m swayed them to stay in Syd­ney.

Star Fall ($2.20 favourite), a strik­ing ch­est­nut colt, streaked away to win by more than two lengths from Ex­celtic ($8.50) with Acuit­tal ($10) a long head away third.

Mel­bourne jockey Linda Meech made a rare visit to Syd­ney to guide Star Fall to his dom­i­nant win.

“Star Fall coped with the Syd­ney way of go­ing bet­ter than I did — he’s de­vel­op­ing into a pro­fes­sional sprinter,’’ Meech said.

Star Fall, a son of ex­cit­ing young stal­lion Zous­tar, has now won four of his six starts to give the Ma­her-Eus­tace train­ing part­ner­ship’s new Syd­ney stable ven­ture a fly­ing star.

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