Consensus votes for Aussie trip
ELITE-LEVEL performer Consensus reminded racegoers about her genuine class when she dominated her rivals in the Trentham Stakes (2100m) yesterday.
Carrying a luxurious 53kg under the set weights and penalties conditions of the traditional Trentham feature, rider Chris Johnson took Consensus straight to the front from barrier rise as he set a moderate speed throughout.
Challenged by race favourite Chance To Dance at the top of the straight, Johnson had the mare travelling sweetly as she eased away from her opponents at the 200m mark to record a decisive victory.
Trainer Stephen McKee revealed he had been confident he had Consensus back to her best for the race after she had missed a run at Ellerslie on Boxing Day due to a wet track.
‘‘She just raced a bit fresh last time as she had missed a run in the Zabeel Classic due to the heavy track,’’ he said.
‘‘It was D-day today with the 53kgs on her back.
McKee admitted the mare has been lightly raced of late as a deliberate ploy to keep her fresh for an Australian autumn campaign.