Revitalised Sandbar earns shot at $ 1m races
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.