Pressday Returns to Form with 2010 Sandown Guineas Win

Chris Waller’s star Sydney galloper Pressday returned to form on Saturday November 13, winning the $350,000 Group 2 Sandown Guineas (1600m) at Betfair Park Racecourse.

Three-year-old Domesday colt Pressday, winner of the Group 1 TJ Smith (1600m) at Eagle Farm last season, was coming off a disastrous result in the Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington.

After rearing in the barriers Pressday finished a well beaten 11th that day, but on Saturday he made up for the earlier failure with a strong win in the 2010 Sandown Guineas.

Overcoming the rain affected track conditions, Pressday ($3.70) defeated the Peter Snowden-trained Chasse by half a length with Bigelow ($5) a further length away in third, a gallant performance for their first run on Heavy ground.

It was a bittersweet result for the connections of runner-up Chasse, Darley and Snowden attempting their third straight win in the Guineas.

Pressday has now won five of their eight career starts for $834,650 in prize money.

Waller has said he will avoid the sprint races in the autumn because of talent like Black Caviar and stick to the Group 1 mile features such as the Randwick Guineas and Doncaster Handicap with Pressday looking to improve his future value as a stallion.

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2010 Sandown Guineas Results & Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Jockey Trainer Weight Margin
1st 1 PRESSDAY(1) Nash Rawiller Chris Waller 55.5 1-42.71
2nd 8 CHASSE(6) Mark Zahra Peter Snowden 55.5 0.5L
3rd 3 BIGELOW(4) Brad Rawiller Clinton McDonald 55.5 1.5L
4th 2 TERRITORY(3) Kerrin McEvoy Lee Freedman 55.5 2.3L
5th 4 CONDELAGO(9) Craig Williams Mick Huxtable 55.5 3.5L
6th 9 OUI SI ATTITUDE(8) Ben Melham Jon O’Connor 53.5 5.3L
7th 7 YORKSHIRE LAD(5) Craig Newitt Aaron Purcell 55.5 7.0L
8th 5 GOLDSTONE(7) Michael Rodd Bart Cummings 55.5 8.3L
9th 10 DANCE OF THE OCEAN(2) James Winks John P Thompson 53.5 33.3L
Src 6 BELLISSIMO Michael Walker Anthony Cummings