Jun 27, 2016
Bold chestnut filly Yuma Desert impressed yet again with an all-the-way city win in the $85,000 Sydney Markets Foundation BenchMark 78 Handicap (1100m) at Randwick on June 11.
Taking advantage of a three kilo claim through talented apprentice rider Andrew Atkins, Yuma Desert made it three consecutive victories carrying 52.5 kilograms.
With a rise in class and a slight drop back in distance to 1100m, the super consistent three-year-old simply controlled the race from go to whoa, beating Sampeah by 0.3 of a length, bringing her prizemoney earnings to over $155,000.
“She’s a terrific filly who just keeps on improving with every run,” said co-trainer Paul Snowden.
“Andrew made good use of her early speed where she was able to dominate, and with that handy weight claim, she was able to get the job done again.
“She’s as tough as they come and proving an exciting prospect for her owners.”
By Not A Single Doubt out of Sandy Desert (USA), Yuma Desert is a full sister to Hong Kong-based four-year-old gelding Diamond Master who won the Class 3 St George’s Challenge Cup (1000m) at Happy Valley on May 4, and stakes-placed Desert Fox.
Words: Sarah Peatling Image Courtesy: Bradley Photographers
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