Aug 05, 2018

It was a last stride victory but the Snowden trained Military Zone won the first three-year-old race of the 2018/19 season in the $100,000 Winter Racing Bm 70 Handicap (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday.

The Epaulette gelding with Kerrin McEvoy up was coming off a win over 1200m at Newcastle on July 7th and he stepped up to metropolitan company well, not withstanding it took all of the Randwick 1200m for him to nab the well backed Danawi.

The Tim Martin trained Danawi had been well backed by early Saturday morning, but a big drift started prior to the race with the Hayes and Dabernig trained Nasaayim coming in for good support.

Danawi eventually started as the $3.40 tote favourite over Nasaayim at $4.70.

Adam Hyeronimus took Danawi to the lead from barrier six after fending off Nasaayim and Jason Collett on the rail and as they cornered Danawi had 2L on the field.

They kept that lead passing the 200m with Nasaayim not able to bridge the gap and it was not until Military Zone and McEvoy started to make their presence felt in the middle of the track that backers of Danawi had reason for concern.

Military Zone had good momentum and the final stride was the winning one with a nose over Danawi (Exceed And Excel) and Hyeronimus inside them.

Onthetake (Krupt) and Tim Clark were third with the margin 1L and Beidi was fourth.

The time was 1.09.54 on the upgraded Good 3 track with the final 600m in 34.16. Military Zone paid $7.50 on fixed odds and $7.10 on the tote.

“He is only lightly raced, two starts this time in for two wins and that was a very authoritative win there today because of the way the race was run. We fully intended to be outside the lead but he was slow to jump. He really did accelerate over the last 300m and it was good to watch,” said co-trainer Peter Snowden.

Snowden said that gelding Military Zone has been the making of a race horse as he had been concentrating on the wrong issues last preparation.

He said he would allow Military Zoe to tell him if there was a path to the $1m, Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill on September 22nd.

“He showed a really good turn of foot and it was nice to see him do that today,” said McEvoy.

“As soon as he let go at about the 250m I thought I was in the race and he actually got there in the last 100 yards, but he just lost his momentum a little bit and he clicked off a little bit and had a look around. But a nice effort,” he added.

Military Zone, out of the Street Sense mare Load Zone, has now earned stakes of $98,630 from his two win from three starts.

He is owned by a large Triple Crown syndication group including Mr J Bourke, Mr D Whatson, Mr J L Pfeiffer, Mr P J Reimann, Mrs B E King, Windii Hill Racing, Mr J H Hezlett, Mr P C Gambell, Mr R P Le Guier, Mr D Wilden-Constantin, Mr V Wilden-Constantin, Mr G Foye, Mr G H Nabarro, Mrs A Gibson and Mr C Charalambous.

Words: thoroughbrednews.com.au (Rob Burnet) Image courtesy: Bradley Photographers

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