Po­lar Blast sur­vives chal­lenge

The Cairns Post - - SPORT - JON TUXWORTH

THE mar­ket sug­gested it would be a walk in the park, but Po­lar Blast’s trainer Janel Ryan wasn’t sur­prised it was any­thing but after the geld­ing se­cured its fourth straight vic­tory at Clu­den Park yes­ter­day.

Sent out an over­whelm­ing $1.30 favourite in the Bench­mark 70 Hand­i­cap (1400m), the five-year-old and jockey Brad Pen­gelly sur­vived a spir­ited chal­lenge from sec­ond elect Deputy Dan ($6) to win by half a head.

It was Po­lar Blast’s fourth straight win, and fifth in 17 ca­reer starts, after he was fresh­ened up after an easy three­length vic­tory at Cairns on Oc­to­ber 31.

Po­lar Blast took the sit be­hind leader Deputy Dan be­fore win­ning an en­gross­ing two-horse duel in a head­wind down the straight.

“We knew it was go­ing to be a re­ally hard race to win to­day be­cause ev­ery­thing in it was pretty well on equal terms, es­pe­cially Roy Chillemi’s horse (Best Hoffa, fourth) and Deputy Dan,” Tolga trainer Ryan said.

“He’s been work­ing well and there’s no rea­son he couldn’t win. We thought he’d be run­ning sec­ond … and that’s ex­actly how it panned out.”

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