Jun 25, 2017
Yuma Desert and Snowden apprentice rider Nick Heywood combined for a strong win in the $100,000 Schweppes F&M BenchMark 81 Handicap (1400m) at Randwick on June 24.
Heywood, who continues to ride in career best form, established an early lead at the 250 metre mark on the daughter of Not A Single Doubt and never looked back as the pair fully controlled the race tempo.
The perfectly executed plan helped Yuma Desert score by two lengths over race favourite Test The World.
"We were pretty confident that Test The World wouldn't take us on for the lead and that she'd hand it up, especially with the big weight," explained co-trainer Paul Snowden.
"So we made our intentions known early and Nick carried out the plan perfectly. Nick's in the latter part of his apprenticeship now, he's down to 2kg and obviously that was a telling factor today."
The city victory was Yuma Desert first since June 2016 for connections Mr M J O'Donnell, Mr S M O'Donnell and Mr J J Palazzi and marked Heywood's 10th from his last 50 rides.
Words: Sarah Peatling Image courtesy: Bradley Photographers
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