Jeff Englebrecht is considering a metropolitan Saturday race for his filly Difficult To Get (pictured) following her strong win in the 1000m CENTRAL COAST MARINERS HANDICAP.
The speedy Tickets three-year-old had to overcome a wide barrier but a bold mid-race move by jockey Kerrin McEvoy saw her prove too strong to run down in the straight.
Difficult To Get upset some of the more fancied runners winning by a long neck over the race favourite, Joe Pride’s Once More A Lady.
A 1000m specialist the filly has had three wins and three placings over the distance. She ran a smart time to bring up her fourth career victory at her 12th start giving Jeff cause to believe she could measure up to Saturday grade.
“It depends on the Benchmark after today’s win but I would consider taking her to town,” he said.
“I left it up to Kerrin today. I wanted him to go forward but taking off early was his idea and her run lasted which as great. He pulled a rabbit out of the hat.
“I wasn’t too confident when she drew seven but she is really quick and that got her to the line today.”
The win brought up a race to race double for Kerrin, with Sydney riders and stables dominating the Men Of Football Central Coast Raceday.
He first tasted success on the Clarry Connors trained Vaniloquio, a Hong Kong import having his second preparation at the stable.
The eight-year-old brought up his seventh career victory at his 44th start.
Brenton Avdulla emulated the feats of Kerrin, riding the next two winners on the program, Tangled for Chris Waller and Dissolute for John O’Shea.
The Jason Coyle trained White Moss made it back to back wins on the Wyong track continuing a strong combination with Kathy O’Hara. The Mossman filly was a good winner over 1200m on April 6 and furthered that form with another victory over the 1350m.
Jason said he thought enough of the filly’s ability to nominate her for a stakes race on the weekend but opted for Wyong. “As it turned out it was a pretty strong field but it was a track she has won on so that swayed me.
“I’ll take her home and see where we are at and could possibly head to Queensland.”
New Divide appreciated a rise in distance to win the 2100m staying race for Port Macquarie combination Tas Morton and Andrew Atkins, who grew up in the North Coast town.
Resuming from a spell the seven-year-old relished the 2100m and the 2kg allowance for Andrew.
“The kid rode him a treat,” Tas said. “I knew he was fit and would find the line. The further he goes the better he goes.”
Radical Impact continued a perfect record on the Wyong track bringing up his fourth win from four starts all over the 1200m. Trained by Nick Mitchell and ridden by Christian Reith, the seven-year-old Snitzel gelding scored his first metropolitan win.
It was one ride for one win for jockey Tye Angland who partnered the Chris Waller trained Chandana in the 1600m Benchmark 72, bringing up a double for the stable.