The 2011 Crystal Mile shaped as one of the closest events of Cox Plate Day at Moonee Valley but in the end it was an absolute domination by a horse who’s form demanded respect.
Testa My Patience won easily last start and again today he proved just how good he is by blazing away from his rivals across the mile trip.
Two weeks in a row now jockey Craig Newitt has landed himself in the prime spot, today it was fourth one out on the back of a pretty hot pace set by Hawks Bay.
It was actually a tremendous run by the Darwin traveller who went straight to the lead and was the only one that looked any danger to Testa My Patience.
As they came off the bend it was Hawks Bay with a clear advantage and then Testa My Patience working three wide with no other horse in the picture.
Half way down the straight Hawks Bay was still hanging on but class showed in the final stages as Testa My Patience strode away to earn an easy win.
There was a decent gap back to Hawks Bay in second with He’s Remarkable running on ok late after turning the widest.
It was the first time Testa My Patience has had blinkers on this prep, a somewhat risky move given he won by over two lengths last start.
“I was just a little bit concerned that he might be a bit tardy out,” trainer Mick Price said.
That wasn’t an issue has he strode out with the top bunch and was allowed to settle just behind the pace.
This has earned him a deserved shot at the top grade in two weeks time.
“He has to go to Flemington in two weeks time in the Emirates Stakes,” he said.
“He gets his Group 1 chance.”
Newitt will be there for that ride too all going to plan and on the back of this performance you wouldn’t want to be on any other horse.
“He really jumped and put himself into a positive spot,” Newitt said.
“(Blinkers were) a good choice by Mick…full credit to him.
“He surprised me, they ran at a good clip from about the 700m.”
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2011 Crystal Mile Results
|1st||9||TESTA MY PATIENCE(6)||Craig Newitt||Mick Price||53.5||1-36.74|
|2nd||5||HAWKS BAY(12)||Dean Yendall||Neil Dyer||54.5||1.5L|
|3rd||12||HE’S REMARKABLE(5)||Corey Brown||Roger James||52.5||3.3L|
|4th||11||HAPPY TRAILS(4)||Craig Williams||Paul Beshara||52.5||3.4L|
|5th||2||GINGA DUDE(2)||Michael Walker||Graeme Boyd||55.5||3.5L|
|6th||4||TRIPLE ELEGANCE(1)||Damien Oliver||Chris Waller||55.0||4.7L|
|7th||6||LUEN YAT FOREVER(9)||Luke Nolen||Peter G Moody||54.5||4.9L|
|8th||1||DANLEIGH(8)||Hugh Bowman||Chris Waller||58.0||5.0L|
|9th||10||BLACKIE(11)||Brenton Avdulla||Michael Kent||52.5||6.3L|
|10th||8||SILVER GRECIAN(7)||Darren Beadman||John Moore||53.5||6.4L|
|11th||3||DAO DAO(10)||Dwayne Dunn||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||55.0||6.6L|
|12th||7||PLAYWRIGHT(3)||Dean Holland||Steve Richards||53.5||8.6L|