Just a little too Sexy
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.