Day At The Track

Robin Hood wins $125,000 Group 1 Treuer

06:37 PM 06 Dec 2008 NZDT
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Robin Hood hinted that back to back wins in the SEW-Eurodrive Victoria Cup might not be out of the question with a dominant victory in tonight's $125,000 Group 1 Treuer Memorial at Bankstown in western Sydney.

The Peter Tonkin-trained star, who ran second-last in the previous weekend's Miracle Mile (1760m), relished the return to the staying trip when he led for most of the way in tonight's 2540-metre event.

Tonkin said he would wait to see how the entire pulled up before committing to his next start, but all going well he would be there to defend his Victoria Cup crown in the $375,000 Group 1 event at Moonee Valley on December 20.

"We just want to get over tonight and see where he's at before we make any form decisions, but that (a Victoria Cup start) would be nice," the Smythes Creek trainer said.

The eight-year-old landed a monstrous betting plunge with his win. A $9.50 chance with TAB Sportsbet on Thursday afternoon, the son of Fake Left was into $4.60 by the time the mobile arms swung back.

And bar fore a few strides on the home turn when $3.30 second favourite Iron Hudge moved up to challenge, Robin Hood's backers never had a moment's concern.

After a solid 29.6-second first quarter, driver Josh Willick was able to slow them up to a 30.7 second split which enabled him to zip home the final two quarters in 29.5 and 29.1 for a 1:59.6 win.

Four metres away in second spot was Karloo Mick ($12), who finished hard along the pegs, with $51 outsider Misty Miller flashing home to pip Iron Hudge for third spot a further metre away.

Miracle Mile winner and $2.80 favourite Divisive had his chances ruined by a flat tyre and dropped out sharply when the sprint went on 600 metres out.

Tonkin said that for the first time in years Robin Hood was completely over the hoof problems that have hampered his career and the stable went into tonight's race full of confidence.

"This is the first time he's been sound in a long, long time and as a result we were pretty confident tonight," he said.

"The race didn't suit last week, but he had the right draw(five) tonight and he made it a real staying test and was too good."

Robin Hood has now won 24 of his 76 starts - including four Group 1s - and a tick over $796,000 in prizemoney.

Treuer Memorial

Brad Bishop

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