Day At The Track

Australasian record to Ignatius

08:53 AM 19 Jul 2018 NZST
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Ignatius

STAR Tasmania pacer Ignatius has set another track record and this time it was at least an Australasian best for a three-year-old.

Ignatius led throughout to win a heat of the Australasian Breeders Crown series at Menangle on Tuesday with his mile rate of 1.53.5 over the 2300-metre trip shattering the previous best set by Sushi Sushi and The Black Prince (1.54.1) by six-tenths of a second.

The James Rattray-trained gelding led and set scintillating sections coming home his last 800 metres in 56 seconds.

According to Rattray there was a helicopter parked in the centre of the arena and he was frightened it might break his stable star’s concentration so he placed a racing hood over the horse’s head but that only led to the three-year-old becoming “fired up”.

“Putting the hood on sort of back-fired but he did a great job all the same.”

Ignatius had scored by 15 metres at his previous outing in the final of the Group 1 Breeders Challenge series which he won by 15 metres and hard-held but on Tuesday the winning margin was only 2-1/2 metres ahead of Royal Gamble.

“The margin might not have been as big as in previous wins but he still did it comfortably and there was a bit in reserve.”

Rattray said he would wait and see how the horse pulls up before deciding whether he needs another run before tackling the Breeders Crown semi-final at Bendigo in Victoria on August 18 with the final to be run at Tabcorp Park, Melton, the following week.


Peter Staples

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