QUICK GET­AWAY

Fall of Ro­man em­pire as Perry's $41 roughie scores boilover

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING - RAY THOMAS DEAS THOMSON HALL OF FAME HCP

THIS race pro­vided an­other re­minder of what a great lev­eller rac­ing can be.

Ro­man Son was hot favourite at $1.75 to ex­tend his win­ning streak and earn a Bris­bane Cup start in the Ed­ward Deas Thomson Hall of Fame Hand­i­cap (2000m) at Rose­hill Gar­dens yes­ter­day.

But the ac­cel­er­a­tion and ar­ro­gance Ro­man Son had shown in his pre­vi­ous two run­away wins was miss­ing as he fin­ished out of the plac­ings when $41 out­sider The Get­away scored a boilover.

Ro­man Son’s trainer Richard Freed­man con­ceded he strug­gled to find an ex­cuse for his stayer’s fifth.

“I don’t think he was at his best and I don’t know why,’’ he said.

“Maybe it was the firm track. He is prob­a­bly look­ing for a bit of give in the ground now. But I watched him closely on the cor­ner and he wanted to lay out, got on the wrong leg, then he wanted to lay in again in the straight.

“Some­thing is an­noy­ing him but I don’t know what as noth­ing has pre­sented it­self yet.’’

Ro­man Son seemed to have every chance in the race but could not pro­duce the turn of foot he showed in re­cent runs and con­ceded ground late, fin­ish­ing two lengths be­hind The Get­away.

In a tight fin­ish, The Get­away ran down early leader Naval War­fare ($15) to win by a half-head with Araaja ($11) a half-length away third.

Blake Shinn, rider of Ro­man Son, could shed lit­tle light on the geld­ing’s run. “On face value, he was dis­ap­point­ing,’’ Shinn said. “He just didn’t give

the three- length kick he has shown in his last cou­ple of wins.’’

Ro­man Son set­tled third in a fas­trun race and Freed­man dis­missed sug­ges­tions the geld­ing prefers to be rid­den more con­ser­va­tively.

“Was he a touch close, I don’t know,’’ Freed­man said.

Shinn said: “I think that’s just search­ing for an ex­cuse.

“The horse that led (Naval War­fare) only got touched off on the line and Ro­man Son did beat him eas­ily last start.’’

While it is back to the draw­ing board for Freed­man with Ro­man Son, the Paul Perry stable can aim higher with The Get­away.

Ev­ery­thing is eas­ier in hind­sight but the book­ies might have been overly gen­er­ous bet­ting $41 about The Get­away con­sid­er­ing the stayer ran a com­pet­i­tive fourth in the Wagga Wagga Gold Cup at his pre­vi­ous

start.

“We felt the horse was rac­ing in good form and this looked a nice race for him,’’ stable rep­re­sen­ta­tive Nathan Perry said.

“The tempo suited him. We an­tic­i­pated it would be run at a solid pace. This horse does need to get to the out­side to show his best.

“I told Jean (Van Over­meire) to try to be in front of a few in the run as he can get a long way back. “He rode the horse very well.’’ Perry said con­sid­er­a­tion will be given to back­ing up The Get­away in the Listed $150,000 W.J. McKell Cup (2400m) at Royal Rand­wick on Satur­day.

“There is no rea­son why he would not run in the McKell Cup,’’ Perry said. “He’s a horse in good form.

“He’s very fit and this is the time of year to try a horse like him in a stakes race.’’

Adam Hyeron­imus, who rode Mul­ti­facets into ninth plac­ing, was sus­pended from May 27 to June 1 for care­less rid­ing.

The Get­away (out­side) gets the bet­ter of Naval War­fare to win nar­rowly at Rose­hill Gar­dens yes­ter­day. Pic­ture: Si­mon Bullard

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