SEBRAKATE SEPARATES FROM PACK BEFORE HOME S TRAIGHT
PAUL Shiers showed all his experience to help Sebrakate salute in the feature $22,00 Octoberfest at the Bay 16th October Handicap (1100m) at Fannie Bay on Saturday.
The experienced fiveyear-old gelding (Caroline Camilleri picture) was in last place before the turn, rn, but never more than a handful of lengths off the lead.
And from barrier two, he was always in a good position to strike just after the turn.
That was just what he did 400m out, Shiers helping the sprinter poke his nose through and finish strongly, holding off Lido Beach (trainer Chris Nash, jockey Stan Tsaikos) by just 0.2 of a length leng to salute for veteran vete Darwin trainer David Da Bates.
Bates has done a commendable job with the sprinter who has now won over $300,000, helping him to his second win in Darwin since triumphing in the Australia Day Cup on January 26. Other winners on Saturday were Sweet Cheval (trainer Jo Banks, jockey Jerry Noske), Pembroke Castle (Mark Nyhan, Shiers), Brimarvi Rooboy (Chris Pollard, Jessica Gray) and Our Sustar (Nash, Vanessa Arnott).