Some horses are fantastic at one course, and awful everywhere else.
Some horses need to hear their hooves rattle, while others need a bog surface to show their best.
And some horses are simply superb at their first run back from a spell, while others need time to race themselves into peak form.
Robert Smerdon’s high quality sprinter Shamal Wind definitely falls into the first up specialist category, and anyone who spotted that in the form guide reaped a reward on Saturday when she rattled home fast and late to get up and win the listed Robert Taranto WJ Adams Stakes by a long head at the rewarding odds of $10.
Shamal Wind has thus won four times at her first start in her only four career preparations, and her trainer is optimistic that she will carry her form forward over the next few weeks to run a bold race in the Oakleigh Plate.
The four-year-old, a daughter of Dubawi, saw off the gallant top weight General Truce ($21), who made a bold bid to follow up his listed race victory in the Kensington Stakes at Flemington a fortnight ago.
Peter Moody’s three-year-old filly Brilliant Bisc ran a game race to hold on for third place at $31 in a race that will probably be remembered for the fatal injury suffered by her stablemate Kiss A Rose, who collapsed and died in the mounting yard following the 1000 metre contest.
The disappointment of the race was the heavily backed favourite Lord of the Sky, Robbie Laing’s three-year-old, who went off at the cramped odds of $1.90. After trying to take a prominent position he faded quickly and eventually finished last.
His rider, Glen Boss, was less than impressed by the fact that the field was allowed to go down to the start what he claimed was seven minutes before the off time, arguing that the delay on a hot day with horses milling around behind the barriers meant his horse had run his race before he even jumped out of the gates.
It didn’t worry Maloney, who produced a cool ride to get up close home on a mare who had drawn the outside gate in the field of 13, which meant that he either had to use her up to get a forward position or drop her out and finish fast.
He opted for the latter, and at the 400 metre mark the winner was the last horse in the field before unleashing a withering burst that collared General Truce close home.
”I can’t remember the last time one let go on me like that, she just toyed with them. It was really impressive.
”She got a brilliant first up record, we were around the gates for a long time, but she was that relaxed and calm it was like a trial. Credit to her,” said the winning rider.
Smerdon added: ”I came into the race with a few negatives from the barrier and I thought we were maybe going to be stone last with a big job in front of her, especially as we are aiming at the Oakleigh Plate in three weeks.
”I thought if she was finding the line and finishing on the back of them … that would have satisfied me. But courtesy of a tactically good ride on Ryan’s part she’s come up with the major end of the prize.”
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