Re­vi­talised Sand­bar earns shot at $ 1m races

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING - RAY THOMAS

SAND­BAR gave trainer Brad Wid­dup ev­ery rea­son to talk about con­test­ing $1 mil­lion races af­ter yes­ter­day’s im­pres­sive re­turn to win­ning form.

“The plan is to go to the Magic Mil­lions with him in Jan­uary,” Wid­dup said.

“But this was an im­por­tant race to­day be­cause he’s had a throat op­er­a­tion and we wanted to make sure he was back. He was very good, very de­ter­mined, we’ll give him his chance in The Hunter in two weeks be­fore the Magic Mil­lions.’’

Sand­bar ($7.50) car­ried top weight of 60kg and fought hard to edge sta­ble­mate Junglized ($6) by a neck with Beau Ideal ($4.20) a nose away third in the Chan­don S Hand­i­cap (1100m) at Rose­hill Gar­dens.

Favourite Spe­cial Re­ward ($3.60) missed the start then worked hard mid-race and was un­der pres­sure from the turn be­fore fin­ish­ing sixth.

It was Sand­bar’s first win in 14 months but Wid­dup has the tal­ented sprinter back to top form and is eye­ing races such as the $1 mil­lion The Hunter (1300m) at New­cas­tle on Novem­ber 16 be­fore he is fresh­ened for the $1 mil­lion Magic

Mil­lions Snip­pets (1200m) on the Gold Coast on Jan­uary 11.

Mean­while, Wid­dup said his bril­liant three-year-old filly Akari is set to start on Cup day in the $175,000 Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes (1400m) at Flem­ing­ton on Tues­day.

Wid­dup said Akari, who won the Listed Regi­nald Allen Qual­ity at Rand­wick last start, has set­tled in well since ar­riv­ing in Mel­bourne last week.

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