Godolphin’s Darren Beadman is convinced Pandemic is a stakes-winner in waiting even though the sprinter only just eked out a win at Rosehill Gardens.
“Every jockey that rides Pandemic comes in after a race or a trial and says he certainly has black type in him,’’ Beadman said.
“Things just haven’t worked out his way so far with barriers, the way the tracks have been playing or whatever.
“But the conditions and circumstances worked in his favour today and he dug deep when it counted. We just have to find the right (stakes) race for him.’’
Beadman was representing Godolphin trainer James Cummings when he made these comments moments after Pandemic got up in a thriller to win the Members’ Christmas Sprint (1100m) at Rosehill Gardens.
Sydney’s leading jockey James McDonald drove Pandemic ($3.80 favourite) to a narrow head win over Albumin ($61) with early leader Mo’s Crown ($6) a half neck away third.
Pandemic, a well-bred son of Golden Slipper and Blue Diamond winner Sepoy out of Cataclysm, herself the dam of Blue Diamond winner Earthquake, needed every metre of the Rosehill straight to run down a very game Albumin.
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But Beadman believes the win of Pandemic will do wonders for the sprinter’s confidence.
“Pandemic hasn’t won in a while and there was only a coat of paint in it at the finish but he fought hard when needed and that will stand him in good stead down the track,’’ he said.
“The race worked out to a nicety for him. ‘J-Mac’ (James McDonald) got him out of the gates and although he was in a three-wide line True Detective gave him the cover he needed. My last instructions to ‘J-Mac’ were to give him a peach of a ride and that’s what he did.
“He will have to go up to those higher weighted races no but he will be getting some weight relief and that will help him.’’
Pandemic was the middle leg of McDonald’s treble at Rosehill, complementing his wins on The Elanora and Vitesse.
With four wins from just 10 starts, Pandemic is developing a good record but he is still yet to win beyond 1200m.
Beadman admitted Pandemic might struggle to run a strong 1200m at stakes level which does limit the sprinter’s options over summer.
Albumin was sent out at bolter’s odds but made a lie of the betting market with his gallant first-up effort to lose narrowly to Pandemic.
“I emailed the owners the other day and said I can’t believe Albumin is $81, he’s still got four legs,’’ trainer Gerald Ryan said.
“Sterling (Alexiou) and I have been really happy with horse going into this race and all I can think of was that they took too much notice of his barrier trial. He trialled without blinkers that day and he is a different horse with them on.
“He loves this track and distance so we expected him to run a good race. Jay (Ford) even said at the furlong (a200m) Pandemic had him but this horse fought and wouldn’t let him get his head in front of him. He has only got him in the last couple of strides.’’
Mo’s Crown continued his solid form this campaign with a game effort attempting an all-the-way win only to be run down in the final few strides.
Eleven Eleven, winner of the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas earlier this year following the disqualification of Alligator Blood, made his comeback with an even seventh after racing outside the lead until the turn.
Trainer Greg Hickman was satisfied with Eleven Eleven’s return to racing and said the sprinter is on target for another Magic Millions Carnival foray next month.
“I had to run him because of where he is going,” Hickman said.
“He just capitulated the last 150m but he should improve a lot from that run.’’
Hickman said is considering whether to run Eleven Eleven next in the $100,000 Wyong 3 and 4YO magic millions (1200m) on December 16.
“we are thinking about going to Wyong but he will definitely have another run before the Magic Millions.”
TAB BIG BETS
Kiku was a costly commodity in the opening race of the day – the Schweppes Handicap (1300m).
Chris Waller’s rep held more than half the money on the race and was nearly four times as popular as anything else.
Going around as a $2.40 favourite, it held approximately nine times as much money as the winner, Oscar Zulu ($5.50) which was as much as $10 just minutes out from the jump.
BETS: Oscar Zulu $1,000 @ $10
The popular Ellsberg did the right thing by punters by leading throughout in the Precise Air Handicap (1500 metres).
Going around with the bulk of investment, Ellsberg commanded 47 percent of the market and attracted strong money throughout the week.
Joliette ($5-$7.50) and Toscanini ($5-$4.60) filled the minors but never appeared to be threats to the winner.
BETS: Ellsberg $2,000 @ $2.90, $3,000 @ $2.80
BETS: Instant Attraction $4,500 @ $5
In a very open edition of the TAB Highway Class 3 (1800m) it was Eva’s Deel which landed the money for her admirers.
The Kody Nestor-trained runner was the most popular runner in terms of money held and hovered around the $6.50 mark for most of the day.
Rumberella ($9-$6.50) was the second best tried runner outside the winner and firmed up throughout the afternoon. Of the others, All Over Magic ($12-$8) and Post Free ($11-$8-$9.50) were two of the notable movers.
BETS: Eva’s Deel $1,000 @ $6, $1,600 @ $5.50
BETS: Deadly Impact $2,600 @ $6, $1,000 @ $6 MULTIPLE TIMES
BETS: Rumberella $1,000 @ $6.50
BETS: Post Free $1,000 @ $9.50
Punters were keen on The Elanora for most of the afternoon.
Trained by Chris Waller and ridden by James McDonald, The Elanora ($3.50-$3.20-$3.30) was well supported throughout the day tow in the De Bortoli Wines Handicap (1800 metres).
The son of Redoute’s Choice was nearly four times as popular as Atlantic King ($4.80-$5.50-$5) which was the second most popular runner in terms of money held.
Of the others, Kukeracha ($12-$10) and Dhakuri ($8-$6) had their share of support and ran up to that backing by winding up in the placings.
BETS: The Elanora $5,000 @ $3.30, $2,000 @ $3.30, $3,200 @ $3.20, $2,500 @ $3.20 TWICE
BETS: Atlantic King $1,000 @ $5.50, $1,840 @ $4.80
BETS: Dhakuri $2,000 @ $6.50, $2,000 @ $6, $1,500 @ $6, $1,000 @ $6
BETS: Namazu $1,000 @ $5.50
BETS: Prospectus $1,000 @ $16
Edison was one of the more popular runners on the day when it went around in the Iron Jack Handicap (1400m).
The Bjorn Baker runner started the day out as equal $3.40 favourite with Enchanted Heart, however, weight of money saw it bottom out at $2.60 before starting $2.90. On the other hand, Enchanted Heart jumped an equal second pick at $3.70 along with Bigboyroy.
Edison commanded the bulk of the money though and held over half the total investment on the race.
BETS: Edison $2,400 @ $3.30, $1,000 @ $3.30, $2,000 @ $2.90, $1,000 @ $2.70 MULTIPLE TIMES, $1,000 @ $2.60 MULTIPLE TIMES
BETS: Enchanted Heart $1,500 e/w @ $4.20/$1.55, $3,000 @ $3.80
Significance, which was a drifter for most of the day, was too strong in the SKY Racing Active Handicap (2000m).
Going from $5.50-$7 on the day, the Clare Cunningham-trained galloper was the fourth most popular runner in terms of money held but was responsible for a sixth of the investment that was riding on Accountability.
The favourite was crunched into $2.60 after being $2.90 in the morning and held nearly half the market.
Gone Bye ($3.80) attracted some decent money and ran up to the support while Accountability never seemed likely after settling midfield.
BETS: Significance $1,000 @ $7.50, $1,000 @ $6
BETS: Accountability $3,000 @ $2.70, $3,000 @ $2.70, $2,500 @ $2.60
BETS: Gone Bye $5,500 @ $3.80
BETS: Vegas Jewel $1,500 @ $5.50, $1,000 @ $5.50, $2,000 @ $5
The Members Christmas Handicap (1100m) was billed as a race in two according to the betting.
Pandemic ($3.80) and Hulk ($5-$3.80) went around as equal favourites with the pair dominating the betting ever since the markets opened on Wednesday.
Pandemic opened at $5 and bottomed out at $3.40 on Wednesday while the majority of the support for Hulk came closer to race time.
The pair commanded 55 percent of the total investment.
Albumin ($71-$41-$81) had specking throughout the afternoon and ran a cracking race to fill second spot behind Pandemic while Mo’s Crown ($9-$6) tumbled late in betting and held third after leading.
BETS: Hulk $1,250 e/w @ $5/$2, $1,000 @ $4.20, $1,000 @ $3.90 MULTIPLE TIMES
BETS: Single Bullet $1,000 @ $14
BETS: True Detective $1,000 @ $23, $1,000 e/w @ $23/$6, $2,000 x $1,000 e/w @ $16/$4.20
BETS: Pandemic $3,250 e/w @ $3.80/$1.75, $2,000 @ $3.60
The late money told the story in the Quincy Seltzer Handicap (1350m).
Vitesse went from $5.50 to $7 throughout the afternoon but 10 minutes out from the start, the money started to come for the Chris Waller runner which shortened dramatically into $4.80.
Leading throughout, Vitesse landed the money and gave James McDonald a winning treble on the day.
The big push all week was for Sausedge ($11 on Wednesday, $8.50-$4.80-$5) with the Matt Dale runner storming home to fill the minor end of the prize. Savigne ($9-$26) was a big drifter but ran right up to its looks from the yard.
BETS: Vitesse $1,250 @ $5.50, $1,000 @ $5 TWICE
BETS: Sausedge $1,300 @ $4.60
BETS: Invinciano $6,000 x $1,000 e/w @ $6.50/$2.40
Surreal Step took out a wide open Rosehill Bowling Club Handicap (1200m).
Attracting good money throughout the day, Surreal Step ($6.50) was pretty solid in the betting and went around as the fourth most popular runner, however, there was very little separating it, Rammstein ($3.80-$4.80-$4.20) and Golly Im Lucky ($9.50-$8-$8.50).
Dunbrody Power ($4.20) was the most popular runner in terms of money held.
BETS: Golly Im Lucky $1,000 @ $9
BETS: Dunbrody Power $2,000 @ $4.60, $2,000 @ $4.40 TWICE, $1,000 @ $4.40 MULTIPLE TIMES, $2,000 @ $4.20
BETS: Surreal Step $1,400 @ $6.50