Martin knew bet­ter than any­one Darci home

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING -

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.

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