Just a lit­tle too Sexy

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING - MATT JONES SCHWEPPES HAND­I­CAP

PUN­TERS had their hearts in their mouths at Rose­hill Gar­dens yes­ter­day when Sexy Eyes was chal­lenged in the straight by sta­ble­mate Ve­locita but still got the job done.

The Chris Waller-trained mare was a red-hot $1.30 favourite af­ter a great last-start win at Rand­wick, but jockey Tye Ang­land earned his fee in a tough slog to the post to win by a half neck.

“I did think I had the other horse’s mea­sure but she floated in­side the fi­nal fur­long and, when that sec­ond horse came at her, I picked her up and got her go­ing again,” Ang­land said.

“She did a good job af­ter the pace of the race worked against her, es­pe­cially at the 800m when I no­ticed the horse out­side the leader wasn’t trav­el­ling that well and started to come back to me.

“By the time we got to the 600m, I was start­ing to get taken out of the race. I didn’t want to pop out that early but I could see the sta­ble­mate get- ting an easy run on the in­side and if I didn’t make my move when I did I would’ve been forced even wider.

“She had a lot of sup­port and was well placed so I think she’ll go on with it.”

Waller’s sta­ble rep, Char­lie Duck­worth, said the sta­ble­mate only got so close due to a much eas­ier run in tran­sit and that made the win even bet­ter.

“She (Ve­locita) cer­tainly kept Sexy Eyes hon­est all the way,” Duck­worth said.

“Ve­locita got the gun run through and had all her sprint ready to go at the 300m where Tye got forced wide early as a horse in front of him came back in his face. And he had to make his own luck sooner than he would have liked to.

“It did look like she was go­ing to win well on the home turn but Jay (Ford) was spend­ing no petrol on Ve­locita and was in be­hind the lead­ers.”

Ford said the run­ner-up had ev­ery chance.

“She was game in de­feat. The win­ner was a bit too strong but she’s run great, her­self,” he said.

Sexy Eyesjust pips Ve­locita (4) in race four.

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