Guineas win heads Canberra Cup day treble for MJ Dale

Mar 08, 2015

Jockey Jay Ford lauded trainer Matthew Dale’s gear change on Rom Baro after the pair combined to win the Listed Canberra Guineas (1400m).

Rom Baro had led throughout to win easily at his previous two starts but Dale was mindful the gelding would need to moderate his aggressive style to succeed in top company.

Dale removed the blinkers and added winkers to Rom Baro’s gear, to which the son of Time Thief reacted perfectly in when leading throughout to claim the $120,000 contest on his home track.

"It was a brave decision from Matt to take the blinkers off a horse which has just won by six lengths but it was the right thing to do," Ford said.

"Matt thought that if the horse was going to measure up against better opposition he couldn't afford to race as a fiercely as he has been.

"And it worked because he was as a quiet as a lamb for me."

Rom Baro travelled sweetly throughout the early and middle stages before fighting hard in the straight to score by three-quarters of a length, booking a trip to Sydney for The Championships in April.

"I think the Carbine Club Stakes is a race that will really suit him," Dale said.

Rom Baro crowned a huge day for Matthew Dale Racing, which recorded a winning treble at the Canberra Cup meeting.

Gocup Belle overcame a poor barrier to win the XXXX Gold Benchmark 65 Handicap (1200m) while Alagonia also overcame a wide gate in his 1 ¾-length success in the Canprint Communications Benchmark 65 Handicap (1400m).

Brendan Ward steered Gocup Belle to victory while Sydney-based rider Jason Collett partnered Alagonia in his win.

Congratulations to the owners of all three winners and all involved in a thrilling day for Matthew Dale Racing.

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