Talented four-year-old Takedown has broken through for a maiden win at the highest level with a strong performance for success in the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m), at Perth’s Ascot Racecourse over the weekend.
Takedown was sent off a double-figure odds chance in Winterbottom Stakes betting markets despite his smart form this time in, and did his chances of success no harm when jumping well and immediately finding a position just off the pace of early leader Sheidel.
Experiencing a good run in transit, the Stratum gelding was offered a clear racing line upon arriving at the final straight and immediately responded when asked for an extra effort, but required the all 300m of the Ascot straight to poke clear of Sheidel; Rock Magic flashing home wide to finish third.
Jockey Tim Clark delivered a gem of a ride aboard Takedown to win the 2016 Winterbottom Stakes and said that he was always confident that the horse would produce his best form late.
“He is such a tough, honest horse,” Clark said.
“I knew he would be strong late. What a great horse.
“He never lies down and hopefully he comes through and we can head to Hong Kong.”
An elated Gary Moore said after the race that he believes Takedown is at the top of his game, and believes the horse will win the forthcoming Group 1 Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) at Sha Tin Racecourse in December, if he draws a favourable barrier.
“This is very special,” Moore said.
“I came here on Wednesday, looking after him right up until today and I knew he was right. His body weight, feed intake and coat was all right.
“I knew he would do it for me.
“I think if he gets a good draw (in Hong Kong) he’ll win. He is at the top of his game, we’ve got to go.”
In being crowned the 2016 Winterbottom Stakes winner, Takedown has now posted an impressive seven wins and a further six minors through only twenty career starts.
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2016 Hong Kong Sprint Results
|1||3||TAKEDOWN||Gary Moore||Tim Clark||–||8||58.5kg||$9|
|2||11||SHEIDEL||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Damien Oliver||0.25L||6||56.5kg||$8.50|
|3||4||ROCK MAGIC||Chris Gangemi||Jarrad Noske||0.75L||3||58.5kg||$13|
|4||6||FIRST AMONG EQUALS||Simon A Miller||Brad Parnham||1L||9||58.5kg||$18|
|5||2||MALAGUERRA||Peter Gelagotis||Ben Melham||1L||1||58.5kg||$3.80|
|6||10||STATE SOLICITOR||Grant & Alana Williams||William Pike||1L||11||58.5kg||$7|
|7||8||VEGA MAGIC||Sean Casey||Jake Casey (a)||1.5L||2||58.5kg||$12|
|8||5||KEEN ARRAY||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Chris Parnham||2.75L||4||58.5kg||$31|
|9||9||REGAL COMMANDER||G Durrant & J Miller||Peter Hall||5.5L||7||58.5kg||$101|
|10||1||TERRAVISTA||Joseph Pride||Hugh Bowman||8.25L||5||58.5kg||$3.50F|
|11||7||BATTLE HERO||Grant & Alana Williams||Glenn Smith||14.75L||10||58.5kg||$81|
|12||12||MILITARY REIGN||Darren Mcauliffe||Corey Brown||15L||12||56.5kg||$81|