Ki­amichi ex­cites as Ex­hil­a­rates fails to take breath away

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING - SHAYNE O’CASS GIRLS DAY OUT HAND­I­CAP

“BREATH­TAK­ING’’ is hardly the way to de­scribe the run of the highly re­garded Ex­hil­a­rates in the opener at Rose­hill Gar­dens but it was ap­par­ently the main fac­tor in her de­feat.

The Godol­phin filly was never re­ally a fac­tor, fin­ish­ing a clear last in the small field, mak­ing no im­pres­sion up the straight to fin­ish 3¼ lengths be- hind sta­ble­mate Ki­amichi ($7.50).

Ex­hil­a­rates’ rider Rachel King was quizzed by stew­ards im­me­di­ately af­ter the race and felt the filly’s “ner­vous­ness’’ may have played a role in her lack­lus­tre per­for­mance.

“The only thing I can say is that right on the line she let out a big gasp of air,’’ King said. “For the first half of the race, she was a lit­tle bit tense but I thought from the 700m on­wards she got into a bit more of a rhythm and was breath­ing prop­erly but up the straight she’s just taken that big gasp of air.’’

Ex­hil­a­rates, a $600,000 Magic Mil­lions buy, by Snitzel out of Blue Di­a­mond win­ner Sa­maready, was over­shad­owed by a home-bred Ki­amichi who held on for the nar­row­est of wins from the Brad Wid­dup­trained Chia ($4.80) with in­ter­state vis­i­tor Se­brakate ($2.70) close up in third.

Godol­phin clearly pulled the right rein elect­ing to scratch Ki­amichi from her sched­uled New­cas­tle en­gage­ment yes­ter­day to race at Rose­hill.

De­spite the price dis­par­ity be­tween the Godol­phin fil­lies, the team’s Dar­ren Bead­man felt a surge of con­fi­dence as the race drew nearer.

“She has re­ally come on since her trial,’’ he said. “She didn’t jump with blis­ter­ing speed but she gained mo­men- tum nicely. I thought she was go­ing to overdo it for the first 100m but once Jay (Ford) was able to bring her back un­der­neath him, she trav­elled sweet.

“She went straight as a gun bar­rel and it was very pro­fes­sional. She was very de­ter­mined.

“Full credit to the team at Crown Lodge, this is our first two-year-old win­ner this sea­son and hope­fully there is big­ger things in store for her.’’

Jay Ford gets home first on Ki­amichi.

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