Handfast Improves to Win 2016 South Pacific Classic

April 9, 2016

Handfast Improves to Win 2016 South Pacific Classic

After a loss in easier company at Gosford last time out the John O’Shea-trained Handfast improved notably with the blinkers on at Randwick Racecourse on Day 2 of ‘The Championships’ to win the South Pacific Classic 2016 for the powerhouse Godolphin stable.

Handfast

The blinkers on helped Handfast win the 2016 South Pacific Classic at Randwick Racecourse on Queen Elizabeth Stakes Day. Photo: Steve Hart.

A full field of 15 three-year-olds faced off in this season’s $150,000 Listed South Pacific Classic (1400m), the jump won by the Gerald Ryan-trained King’s Troop who led them around in the handicap clash.

Back in class off a ninth in Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m), the Michael Moroney-trained Tulsa meanwhile missed the kick and settled at the tail end of the field.

In second was the race favourite, Gai Waterhouse’s Star Witness filly Kimberley Star well backed to improve on her Gosford Guineas second last time out, who eventually fell into the box seat travelling third with Mawahibb moving into second.

Also coming off a run at Gosford was Street Cry gelding Handfast who was down from a mile to 1400m today with the hood on to help sharpen up the James McDonald mount.

McDonald had the eventual winner positioned sixth just off the pace conserving energy before making up ground as they went around the bend for home, hitting the straight up there with the front runners.

Kimberley Star quickly dropped out of the race and in the final few hundred meters there were three across the field, Handfast coming up the inside with the Lee & Anthony Freedman-trained Santa Ana Lane the other big challenger ridden by Hugh Bowman who won the first on Prized Icon.

Handfast ($8.50) showed a brilliant turn of foot late however and drew away for a comprehensive one and three-quarter length over Santa Ana Lane ($10) with Peter & Paul Snowden’s roughie hope Serene Majesty ($26) holding for third after getting the final placing in a bob-of-the-head.

“A lovely horse,” winning hoop McDonald said of Handfast after the victory.

“John (O’Shea) had a good opinion of his work and put him in this race and he delivered.”

O’Shea said that from a wide barrier against the older horses last time out, there were excuses for Handfast who showed he was better than that performance.

“The other day he drew off the track…we were a bit forgiving of him,” he said.

“We put the hood on him.

“The barriers were also very important today and he got the right one.

“Where James was today (on the rails) was spot on.”

Fancy up to $500 in bonus bets this Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival? Simply sign-up with Ladbrokes.com.au, deposit and quote the code BETBONUS to take advantage of this limited time offer!

2016 South Pacific Classic Results & Finishing Order

Randwick Race 2 – 09/04/2016

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 8 HANDFAST John O’Shea James McDonald 1 55.5kg $9
2 1 SANTA ANA LANE Lee & Anthony Freedman Hugh Bowman 1.8L 9 59kg $10
3 6 SERENE MAJESTY Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 5.1L 4 57.5kg $31
4 11 CRAIGLEA WANDOO Krystle Johnston Paul King 5.2L 5 54kg $71
5 10 CHANDANA Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 5.3L 14 54kg $8.50
6 7 KING’S TROOP Gerald Ryan Tim Clark 5.4L 11 56kg $26
7 5 SUSPENSE Peter & Paul Snowden Mark Zahra 6.1L 3 58kg $9.50
8 4 LOOK TO THE STARS David Vandyke Blake Spriggs 6.6L 12 58kg $91
9 12 MAWAHIBB Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Damien Oliver 8.2L 7 54kg $7
10 3 KIMBERLEY STAR Gai Waterhouse Blake Shinn 8.5L 6 58kg $5.50F
11 15 DIXIE CHICK David Pfieffer Tommy Berry 9L 13 54kg $19
12 14 SONIC SWISH Tim Martin Christian Reith 9.3L 8 54kg $13
13 2 PURITAN Jason Warren Craig Williams 9.4L 15 58.5kg $18
14 9 TULSA Michael Moroney Dwayne Dunn 10.2L 10 55.5kg $10
15 13 DARK STEEL Peter & Paul Snowden Thomas Huet 11.4L 2 54kg $14
18 NOT A CHERRY Anthony Cummings Sam Clipperton 0
19 EGYPTIAN SYMBOL Bjorn Baker 0
16 DANE THUNDER Shane Bottomley 0
17 INVINCIBLE KNIGHT John P Thompson 0

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

All Aged to The Everest 2018 f...

2018 TJ Smith Stakes Grand Fin...

2018 TJ Smith Stakes Grand Final for The Everest Bound Redzel

Inaugural The Everest champion Redzel has been specifically set for an autumn...

Daysee Doom Heads 2018 Emancip...

Daysee Doom Heads 2018 Emancipation Stakes Field & Betting

Ron Quinton’s flying five-year-old Daysee Doom is tipped as the mare to beat...

Winx To Climb The Everest 2018...

Winx To Climb The Everest 2018?

Winx next race? It’s the question always on the horizon after she leaves her...

Written By Is The 2018 Ladbrok...

Written By Is The 2018 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes Winner

The well-supported, clear Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes 2018 favourite Written...

Horse Racing Today

Victorian filly So Far Sokool ...

Gai’s 2 head the list of...

Gai’s 2 head the list of nominations for the 2018 Japan Racing Association Plate

The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained Ecuador and Arbeitsam head up the...

Single Gaze looking to the fut...

Single Gaze looking to the future as a brood mare, out of 2018 Sydney Cup

Group 1 winning mare Single Gaze will begin preparations for the upcoming...

Savvy Coup looking for another...

Savvy Coup looking for another Kiwi win in 2018 Australian Oaks

Savvy Coup will be trying to keep the Kiwi fillies strong winning record...

Oliver back aboard Almandin in...

Oliver back aboard Almandin in 2018 Sydney Cup

Damien Oliver has found himself back on Melbourne Cup winner Almandin who is...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field