Martin knew better than anyone Darci home
THE finish fooled just about everyone ... except King Darci’s trainer Tim Martin.
“I did think he had won,’’ Martin said.
“It was very close and the photo usually favours the outside horse but I thought he hung on. It was good to see his number go up.’’
The judge found just enough of a margin to split King Darci and Special Missile in the Hall of Fame Day Handicap (1500m) at Rosehill yesterday.
King Darci ($16), well rated by Adam Hyeronimus, edged out Special Missile ($3) by the barest of margins, a nose, with Up ’N’ Rolling ($2.80 favourite) a long-head away third.
“King Darci usually takes up a forward position in his races and today I thought, ‘if he can take up the front the way the track is playing, it would enhance his chances’,’’ Martin said.
“He is a difficult horse to pass when he leads and Adam gave him a great ride.’’
Martin described King Darci as a “stable favourite” after the gelding scored his sixth win from 27 starts, taking his prizemoney to just over $400,000. “He has been a very consistent horse for the stable,’’ Martin said.
“But he does feel these firm tracks. He can jar up after a race so we will need to space his runs.’’
The John Thompsontrained Special Missile settled third on the fence, trailing King Darci, before jockey Blake Shinn gained a split between runners soon after straightening.