Sir arises after 18 months
SIR Bacchus, his career punctuated by a mystery ailment, ended an 18-month losing streak yesterday.
Trainer Chris Waller completed a treble on his home track, Rosehill Gardens, when grey gelding Sir Bacchus led home a stable trifecta in the Octagonal Handicap (1400m).
It was Sir Bacchus’s first win since the day he scored at Moonee Valley during the 2016 spring carnival, beating subsequent multiple Group 1 winners, Royal Ascot-bound Redkirk Warrior (second) and Santa Ana Lane (fourth).
But Waller said there were valid reasons why Sir Bacchus had managed just one placing in nine starts since his last win while Redkirk Warrior and Santa Ana Lane developed into top-class sprinters.
“Sir Bacchus had something, he had an issue we couldn’t work out,’’ Waller said.
“He was never lame but he kept losing weight in his hindquarter — and quite badly.
“That is often a sign of pain but we couldn’t identify any lameness. So, we gave him a complete break for six months and got him back.
“He is a different horse now. That was the Sir Bacchus of old.’’
Sir Bacchus ($18) charged through the field to run down New Universe ($9) and Invinzabeel ($31) in a three-way finish.
Special Missile ($3.60 equal favourite) tried to lead throughout but finished fourth, while another Waller runner Mister Wolf finished an eye-catching fifth.
“He was never going to win until the last 20m,’’ Waller said. “But Tim Clark drove him through those gaps and the horse attacked the line.
“This horse had put the writing on the wall last start and it is good to see him back in form. Hopefully, he can go on with it from here.’’
Crafty Cop (equal favourite) finished 10th.