Double delight for the red army makes it a weekend to remember
The Triple Crown team had plenty of cause for celebration over the weekend after Ironbark Artie and Pole Position provided the red army with a winning double.
The ultra-consistent IRONBARK ARTIE was first to strike at Kembla Grange on Saturday, where he showed toughness and tenacity in spades to fend off the sustained challenge of race favourite Ottilie in a ding-dong battle up the straight.
Ridden to perfection by Andrew Adkins, Ironbark Artie was always within striking distance of the leaders and cruised into contention turning for home. The son of Flying Artie hit the front a fair way out, but despite wondering under pressure, he continued to respond to his jockeys urgings and held on gamely to score by a head.
A $30,000 purchase from the Magic Millions National Yearling Sale, Ironbark Artie has been a model of consistency for his terrific group of owners and has now won or placed in seven of his nine career starts.
The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained three-year-old has also developed a real affinity for Kembla Grange, and is yet to finish outside the top two in four career starts down in Wollongong.
Positioned to perfection
Less than 24 hours later, the champagne corks were popping once again after POLE POSITION got Sunday off to a flyer with a determined success in the opener at Wyong.
Having his first start for the Joe Pride stable, Pole Position didn’t have things all his own way in the early stages and was made to work before crossing to sit outside the leader.
The son of Astern travelled beautifully throughout the 1100m contest and was produced at the perfect moment by Chad Schofield, who got his head in front where it mattered most to score a gutsy 0.15L victory.
Pole Position is another member of the Triple Crown team who rarely disappoints, having finished in the quinella in five of his eight career starts to date.
He will now have his sights raised, with his trainer indicating that a tilt at metropolitan class is likely to be the next port of call for the progressive four-year-old.
“It was a really good win for him today first-up,” Pride said in his post-race debrief.
“It’s easy to say now, but Chad made a really good decision to roll forward, get comfortable and get into a nice rhythm. He finished off really well and I was really impressed with the fight he showed late in the race.
“We’ll see how he pulls up and probably give him at least two weeks between runs, but we’ll probably take him to a midweek now.”
Pole Position was purchased by Triple Crown’s Chris & Michael Ward for $50,000 from the Aquis Farm draft at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale in 2020.
There are only a few shares remaining in some of this year’s Magic Millions purchases, and off the back of a red-hot weekend there has never been a better time to join the Triple Crown team in racehorse ownership.
Be sure to head to our Available Syndicates page on the website for all the latest info on our recent purchases, or alternatively Click Here to register your interest and have one of our team contact you to discuss the process.
Congratulations to all the teams at both Snowden Racing and Pride Racing, as well as both sets of owners in Ironbark Artie and Pole Position!