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
|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|