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