Tatra has claimed victory in the $350,000 Sandown Guineas at Sandown Racecourse today November 17, 2012.
The three-year-old just held off a late charge from race favourite Lunar Rise, who placed second, and Tatra’s stable mate Proverb, who stormed home for third.
Tatra has now won three of his ten race starts and has earned more than $430,000 in prize money.
The Hussonet colt placed second in the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes prior to today’s 2012 Sandown Guineas win.
Stable foreman Paul Snowden was at the track to see both his horses place in the top three.
“It was tooth and nail right down to the wire for both horses,” Snowden said.
“It was a good result.”
Trainer Peter Snowden was also down from Sydney to watch Tatra win the 2012 Sandown Guineas.
“It’s… a good race to win,” he said.
“It’s a hard race to keep a horse up for.
“They almost quinella’d it.”
Snowden confirmed that Tatra would likely see his career out on Australian soil, rather than being sent to Godolphin’s Newmarket stable like many Darley stars before him.
“He’s a very handy horse but he’s just not A grade,” Snowden said.
Jockey Kerrin McEvoy rode Tatra to today’s 2012 Sandown Guineas win.
“There wasn’t much in it,” admitted McEvoy
“I could hear Lunar Rise and the other horse coming.
“My fella just dug deep.
“He’s always shown nice promise.
“Up on the speed here today he toughed it out well.”
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2012 Sandown Guineas Race Results & Finishing Order
|1||1||TATRA||Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||–||7||56.5kg||$5.50|
|2||2||LUNAR RISE||Bart Cummings||Hugh Bowman||0.2L||14||56.5kg||$5F|
|3||4||PROVERB||Peter Snowden||Steven Arnold||0.3L||8||56.5kg||$7|
|4||5||EXIMIUS||Mick Price||Craig Newitt||2.3L||4||56.5kg||$13|
|5||7||AL ANEED||Mick Price||Glen Boss||2.5L||9||56.5kg||$12|
|6||3||DANCES ON STARS (NZ)||Gerald Ryan||Michael Walker||3.25L||12||56.5kg||$15|
|7||8||EDGEWOOD||Robbie Griffiths||Nicholas Hall||4L||5||56.5kg||$12|
|8||10||HUNGER||Mick Price||Peter Mertens||4.1L||13||56.5kg||$31|
|9||13||JUST FORGET IT||Kane Harris||Daniel Stackhouse||4.85L||6||56.5kg||$51|
|10||14||HOST OF THE PARTY||Robert Smerdon||Dwayne Dunn||5.15L||3||56.5kg||$16|
|11||16||MOREAU||Dean Binaisse||Vlad Duric||6.15L||10||54.5kg||$71|
|12||12||GOLD MEDALS (NZ)||Bill & Symon Wilde||Michael Rodd||6.35L||1||56.5kg||$8|
|13||9||TIMELY TRUCE||Ricky Maund||Dean Yendall||9.85L||16||56.5kg||$71|
|14||6||FLYING SKIPPER||John Hickmott||Steven King||11.1L||11||56.5kg||$41|
|15||15||CRACKED||Dean Howard||Daniel Moor||21.1L||15||56.5kg||$201|
|16||11||RIGHT TO ROAM||Pat Carey||Craig Williams||25.1L||2||56.5kg||$15|