Sunday Territorian

SKILLS ON SHOW FROM PRIVATE EYE

- RAY THOMAS

PRIVATE Eye gave trainer Joe Pride the first leg of his “dream double” and jockey Regan Bayliss (pictured) a brace of Group 1 wins at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

In a frenetic finish to the $1.5m The TAB Epsom (1600m) with less than a half length separating the placegette­rs, Private Eye got up in the final few strides to edge out Aramayo and Dalasan.

Due to Covid-19 restrictio­ns, Pride could not be trackside but that didn’t stop him from “cheering loudly” from his loungeroom.

“I couldn’t help myself, when I saw Private Eye coming down the outside I had to give him a big cheer,’’ Pride said. “My old boss, John Size, was a statue when he watched races and I would think ‘how does he do that?’.

‘“Everyone is different but I always feel the day I can’t give them a cheer I will hand over the reins to someone else.’’

Pride is an avid South Sydney fan and he won’t be holding back when they take on the Penrith Panthers in the NRL Grand Final at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium on Sunday.

“Private Eye I am in charge of but Souths I have no control – it should be a great game,’’ Pride said.

Bayliss snared a Group 1 double in successive races with Private Eye’s win complement­ing the jockey’s success just 40 minutes earlier on Never Been Kissed in the Flight Stakes.

“Unbelievab­le,’’ said an incredulou­s Bayliss. “I’ve been in Sydney for 12 months and it was a massive move for me. I had been in Melbourne my whole career before going to Hong Kong but then I decided to come to

Sydney and try to re-establish myself.

“It’s been a lot of hard work and I wouldn’t be where I am today without Joe Pride.

“He is one who really backed me in Sydney from an early age. He was a trainer who put me on good chances in town and I needed to capitalise on a couple of those opportunit­ies.

“I just love this horse Private Eye. He’s been set for the Epsom and Joe knows how to get them to peak on the day.’’

Private Eye ($11) finished strongly wide out to win the Epsom by a head from Aramayo ($12), with Dalasan ($14) a short half head away third.

Favourite Riodini ($4.80) raced on the speed but wilted under pressure and finished 11th.

This was the second Group 1 Randwick mile in succession that Bayliss had edged out the might of the Chris Waller stable after their second placings with Aramayo and in the Flight Stakes from Hinged. For Dalasan, it was the Adelaide galloper’s third minor placing in a Randwick Group 1 this year.

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