Wagga Town Plate win for we'll travelled sprinter
May 06, 2013
Source : Clinton Payne Racenet;
Tough sprinter Unanimously has travelled more kilometres this preparation than a lot would in a career but that didn’t stop the gelding from scoring a strong win in the $80,000 XXXX Gold Wagga Town Plate (1200m).
The Matt Dale-trained galloper was having his fifth run of the preparation which had included starts at Canterbury, Caulfield, his home track at Canberra and Toowoomba.
"Full credit to the horse,” Dale told Sky Racing World.
"He a horse that does race best fresh and we only had two and a half weeks from the Weetwood, which was a pretty jaded sort of run, he got buffeted the whole race and he obviously had to travel up there and back (to Toowoomba).”
Unanimously was fired out of the gates by jockey and Wagga Gold Cup Carnival ambassador Glyn Schofield, who was able to dictate terms to suit himself aboard his mount.
"We were comfortable in the lead. We didn’t have to burn any petrol it was quite nice and comfortable,” he said. "We had an inside gate. Got to the lead, got to the fence, then controlled it from there.
"At about the 300 (metres) he accelerated nicely, found a length or two for me and it was never in doubt from there.
"I don’t think I even got to work on him too busily in the last furlong or so. I definitely didn’t have to use my persuader on him so it was a very comfortable win.”
Unanimously ($4.20 fav) defeated the Keith Dryden-trained Vilakazi Street ($7) by three lengths with Guy Walter’s Skateboard ($8) a further half-length back in third.
The win was Unanimously’s seventh from 28 starts and took his earning to more than $450,000.