Courtesy of www.singletonracing.com.au
The ever consistent SPINNING DAWN took out the last metropolitan race of the 2014 / 2015 season at Canterbury Park on Wednesday 29th July.
It was a deserved win after the son of SPINNING WORLD was somewhat unlucky at his previous two starts at Bathurst and Grafton, where in the Guineas he put in a mighty effort after having to go back from his wide draw and came home from last at the 400 metres to finish third to the eventual winner Braces trained by Greg Hickman.
After winning on the horse almost two months ago, Christian Reith was again on board for the 1550 metres Benchmark 70 Handicap, with the duo proving to be a lethal combination.
SPINNING DAWN was allocated 56.0kgs, had drawn the inside barrier in the field of 11 runners, which is definately beneficial on the Canterbury track.
Shortly after they jumped, Christian, taking advantage of barrier one, had his mount positioned in the first four. After realising that horses outside of him were being pushed along to take over the lead, the jockey eased and let his mount travel along at a comfortable pace on the fence, six to seven lengths off the leaders in eighth place.
It was status quo until 600 metres from home when the horse outside of SPINNING DAWN, Chryoslaus, made a forward move, Christian had to make a split second decision ... follow that horse and face the possibility of being caught very wide or be patient and wait for another opportunity to present itself.
Patience it was, the opportunity came a short time afterwards, rounding the home turn Christian was able to ease his mount off the fence into an open space.
Once into the straight and coming into the race nicely, the duo found a wall of four horses in front of them.
As if upon request, a split came at the 200 metres mark, five horses off the fence and SPINNING DAWN dashed through the gap gaining ground on the leader, Razzle Dazzle Rock from the powerful Hayes-Dabernig Stable, with every stride and took the lead with 50 metres to go.
The three-year-old went on to record a strong win by 3/4 length from Razzle Dazzle Rock with Ready Set Sing rattling home to take third place. Despite easing marginally in the betting $9 to $11 it proves that horses don't know what price they are in the betting.
Well done to all of the owners, a grand way to finish off the season and chalk up a metropolitan win ... look out Season 2015 / 2016.