Sand­bar to prove his class in Ro­man Con­sul

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - SHAYNE O’CASS

RO­MAN Con­sul hope­ful Sand­bar doesn’t get the same level of praise as some of his more glam­ourous coun­ter­parts but what he lacks in the hype de­part­ment

more than makes up for in heart.

The Brad Wid­dup-trained gal­loper has mixed and matched it with the cream of the cur­rent three-year-old crop but has made a habit of fly­ing un­der radar.

In fact, de­spite his ob­vi­ous tal­ent, Sand­bar has been sent out at dou­ble fig­ure odds at five of his eight starts.

“It’s the old say­ing, if he was in a big sta­ble .... ,” Wid­dup be­gan.

“I am still a bit of rookie big races but I sure if he was in a Group 1 win­ning sta­ble, he’d bit a bit more re­garded than is at the mo­ment.”

Sand­bar’s im­pres­sive C.V. in­cludes a win over Gim­crack win­ner Satin Slip­per in the Listed Lonhro Plate, a Rose­bud vic­tory over Charge and close se­cond to Blue Di­a­mond win­ner Writ­ten By in the Sky­line.

Fast for­ward to his most re­cent ap­pear­ance and Sand­bar was fifth in the Group 1 ATC Golden Rose (1400m) be­hind The Au­tumn Sun.

Sanbdar, as he in­vari­ably does, went down fight­ing, beaten a half length for third by Ever­est slot holder, Graff.

It was a highly en­cour­ag­ing ef­fort on Sand­bar’s part given it

his first time at 1400m. “He ran great, it took three re­ally good horses to beat him home but I think he more than showed that is not far away. In six months time will get closer to them (but) they’re just a bit strong at the mo­ment,” Wid­dup said.

As as son of Snitzel and Group 3 Van­ity Stakes win­ning mare Tal­low, $650,000 year­ling pur­chase Sand­bar is sure to be granted a place at one of the na­tion’s lead­ing stud farms once his rac­ing ca­reer is over, more so if he can win to­mor­row’s Group 2 ATC Ro­man Con­sul Stakes (1200m) which boasts an ex­tra­or­di­nary hon­our rolls of star stal­lions.

The race is one closely watched by studmas­ters eager to se­cure an­other Ex­ceed And Ex­cel, Fast­net Rock, Zous­tar, Blaz­ing Beau, Ex­o­sphere or Rus­sian Revo­lu­tion.

Wid­dup has al­ready been able to make Sand­bar a stakes-win­ner but in­tends to boost his value even more, start­ing but not end­ing with to­mor­row’s im­por­tant mis­sion.

“I’m not go­ing to Mel­bourne,” Wid­dup said.

“I’d nearly pull the pin (af­ter to­mor­row). He is a Magic Mil­lions horse but we can’t go ‘spring, sum­mer, au­tumn’ so we’ve ei­ther got to freshen him up and have a go at the Magic Mil­lions or save him for au­tumn.

“Bear­ing in mind that there is not a lot of races for three-yearolds through the au­tumn in Syd­ney.

“You have to look at the T.J. and I don’t want do that to him yet ei­ther so I will prob­a­bly look at the win­ter for him.

“I’m more than con­fi­dent that in six months time he is go­ing to im­prove and if I look af­ter him then there is go­ing to be some­thing for him down the track,” he said

The un­der­ated Sand­bar will be hard to beat to­mor­row. Pic: Grant Guy

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