Day At The Track

Sans doubt, Carlo's the real deal

09:51 AM 09 Nov 2018 NZDT
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San Carlo after winning the Yarra Valley Cup
Nikkita Ross photo

At picturesque Yarra Valley racecourse today, Shepparton pacer San Carlo (pictured right, by Nikkita Ross) took another mighty step towards scaling the TAB Inter Dominion pinnacle.

The brilliant eight-year-old dazzled as he sat parked outside one of the toughest horses in the caper in the United Petroleum Yarra Valley Pacing Cup before scooting clear in the last 200m for an emphatic win.

San Carlo’s driver, Bec Bartley, only needed to gently flick the reins when she wanted her charge to go, and go he did, the pair romping home by 4.8 metres as Hickstead ran the race of his life in second place and early leader Im The Boss battled into third.

“He took himself to the front, and as soon as I pulled the plugs he took off,” Bartley said of the 1:56.8 win.

“He was so strong right to the line. We’re super happy with him.”

Today’s win came at just his third run back from a spell and trainer Stephen O’Donoghue has San Carlo on track to peak during ID18, which kicks off on Saturday night December 1 at Tabcorp Park Melton.

It was 12 days ago that San Carlo fiercely fended off Tiger Tara in the Decron Cranbourne Gold Cup. That pacer is a serious player in the New Zealand Trotting Cup on Tuesday.

So it is little wonder TAB today slashed San Carlo’s ID18 price from $10 this morning into $7 by early evening.

San Carlo was ranked No.6 at the most recent ID18 rankings released on October 31 after initially being No.14 when nominations closed.

When the fourth and final rankings are revealed on Wednesday November 21, he’ll be higher again.

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Cody Winnell

Trots Media

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