Sandbar to prove his class in Roman Consul
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