Gai Waterhouse’s progressive galloper Under The Sun broke their black type duck on the weekend posting their first Listed victory in Rosehill’s Winter Stakes 2013.
The rising No Excuse Needed gelding went out in the $100,000 Listed Inghams Love’Em Winter Stakes (1400m) as the $3.30 favourite following a number of good Sydney runs over the winter.
In their lead-up race they were only just beaten by veteran galloper Mic Mac in the Listed Civic Stakes (1350m).
On Saturday though things went their way and they were able to turn the tables on their last start conqueror and reverse the Civic Stakes quinella.
Ridden by Frenchman Thomas Huet on 54.4kg Under The Sun flew home with the light weight and hit the line an easy three and a quarter lengths ahead of the Paul Messara-trained seven-year-old Mic Mac ($7) who did well to stay in touch carrying 60.5kg.
“He was cruising at the 300 (meters) and this horse has made a quantum leap as these stayers and New Zealand horses can,” Waterhouse said post-win.
“He kept finding and finding up the straight.
“It was the real Under The Sun today. He’s had his hobbles and it took him a bit of time to get there but his last three runs have been excellent.
“This is his third preparation with the stable and he hasn’t looked back.”
Finishing off the winning Winter Stakes trifecta long neck further back was then the Chris Waller-trained Kiwi expat Coup Ay Tee ($6.50).
Rounding out the top four was then Norm Hilton’s Bold Glance ($4.60) who only narrowly missed out on third having been beaten a nose by Coup Ay Tee.
It was the first Sydney stakes win for Huet who was thrilled to take out the race in an all-the-way effort.
“It is my first stakes winner here and I am very happy,” Huet said.
“I have been here five months and have had about 80 rides so far.
“I want to stay here. I love it. I love Australia.”
Things are looking good for Under The Sun now heading towards the Sydney and maybe even the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival features where Huet believes he could be capable over some longer distance features.
“Today, I travelled really well and easily and he was the best,” Huet said on Saturday.
“I think he can run a little further, too. Once I balanced him up I just tried to keep him comfortable in the last furlong.”
As for the Winter Stakes runner-up Mic Mac, Messara was happy with their performance considering the weight he always suspected would get the better of them.
“With that weight it’s hard to pick up and run and that’s what happened,” he said.
Their jockey Christian Reith agreed and said it was only the weight that beat them.
“It was just too much weight,” he said.
“He just laboured under the big weight. He still ran his heart out, but 60 kilos was the difference between winning again.”
But he’s not stopping there with Mic Mac, who broke a four-year drought with their Civic Stakes success, to continue onto the $125,000 Group 3 Missile Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on August 10 and then the $175,000 Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) a fortnight later.
“He will go to weight-for-age now and run in the Missile Stakes and the Warwick Stakes,” Messara confirmed.
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2013 Winter Stakes Results & Finishing Order
Rosehill Race 6 – 20/07/2013
|1||9||UNDER THE SUN (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||Thomas Huet||–||2||54.5kg||$3.30F|
|2||1||MIC MAC||Paul Messara||Christian Reith||3.3L||1||60.5kg||$7|
|3||12||COUP AY TEE (NZ)||Chris Waller||Jason Collett||3.5L||9||54kg||$6.50|
|4||5||BOLD GLANCE||Norm Hilton||Nash Rawiller||3.6L||5||57kg||$4.60|
|5||13||PRETTY PINS (NZ)||John P Thompson||Nathan Berry||3.9L||7||54kg||$12|
|6||10||WAZN (IRE)||Chris Waller||Glyn Schofield||4.1L||8||54.5kg||$10|
|7||6||STAR OF OCTAGONAL||Todd Howlett||Robert Thompson||4.2L||3||56kg||$41|
|8||4||KONTIKI PARK (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||Hugh Bowman||6.9L||6||57.5kg||$10|
|9||2||KINNERSLEY||Gai Waterhouse||Ms Kathy O’Hara||7.4L||4||58kg||$41|
|–||7||SHADOWS IN THE SUN||Anthony Cummings||Nathan Berry||–||0||–||–|
|–||11||PRINCE OF CAPERS||Tony McEvoy||Brenton Avdulla||–||0||–||–|
|–||8||DARCI BE GOOD (NZ)||Bede Murray||Tim Clark||–||0||–||–|
|–||3||SEE THE WORLD||Joseph Pride||Joshua Parr||–||0||–||–|