Some horses simply grow another leg when crossing the border into Victoria and that’s exactly what OCTAGON did at Werribee on Thursday, where he turned the Maiden Plate into a one act affair with a devasting 2.5L success.
The son of Exosphere appeared to relish the strong tempo and careered clear in the straight, leaving his Sydney form well behind in the process.
WOW! How’s this for a turn of foot? 👀
OCTAGON (by Exosphere) whips up around the turn and kicks clear in fine style to win @spendthriftpark 🥇
A beautifully judged ride from John Allen 👏
Congratulations to the team @SnowdenRacing1 and all his owners! 🍾
— Triple Crown Syndications (@TripleCrownSynd) April 1, 2021
Settled towards the rear under John Allen, who was on board for the first time, Octagon made up a stack of ground around the home turn to dispute the lead at the top of the straight.
The race was put to bed in a matter of strides, with Octagon showing an electric turn of foot to surge two lengths in front before being kept up to his work on the run to the line.
“There must be something in the water down in Melbourne,” winning co-trainer Peter Snowden quipped in his post-race report.
“Going back the Melbourne way he has just found another gear and he beat them really easily today.
“He went and gathered them up, was round them and gone. He dashed away and won by a widening margin, which was really good to see.
“You’d like to think he can improve a bit more now that he’s back going in that direction, he really enjoys it.”
The team at Snowden Racing Flemington were confident Octagon had travelled down to Melbourne in grand order and they proved to be bang on the money! Well done to all the team there.
A big congratulations to all his owners on what was a terrific win – Hopefully the first of many for this imposing individual.
Having placed at metropolitan level twice already this preparation, WINDSWEEP gained a well-deserved maiden success with an authoritative display at Scone on Thursday.
The daughter of Deep Field was given a lovely ride by Digger McLellan, who saved ground on the rail before producing Windsweep at the perfect time to score a cosy half length victory.
Ridden with slightly more restraint that in her previous outings, Windsweep was able to take advantage of her soft barrier and settled beautifully behind the speed.
She travelled strongly throughout and, once presented with a gap in the straight, Windsweep showed a smart turn of foot to put her head in front and win with more in hand than the margin suggests.
“That was a nice win today,” co-trainer Peter Snowden told her owners in his post-race debrief. “She just needed a bit of luck for a while there in the straight, but once she got it she put the race to bed pretty quickly.
“That’s a great confidence booster for her and she looked strong on the line. That’s definitely the way to ride her – ride her quiet rather than up on the speed to try and force the issue.
“She’s a lovely, big, strong filly and there’s plenty left in her. She’s won one and she might win two or three on the bounce now, so we’ll look to give her every opportunity.”
It was great to get the monkey of Windsweep’s back and hopefully there is plenty more to come from this filly up in class.
Congratulations to the team at Snowden Racing and all her owners on a terrific win!