Con­sen­sus votes for Aussie trip

Sunday News - - RACING - NZ RAC­ING DESK

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.

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