Observational scores emotional win in 2017 Easter Cup

The John Sadler trained Observational scores an emotional win in the Group 3 $150,000 Le Pine Funerals Easter Cup (2000m) at Caulfield today.

Observational, above, scores an emotional win in the Easter Cup at Caulfield. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

Observational, above, scores an emotional win in the Easter Cup at Caulfield. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

Observational was ridden a treat by Saddler’s son Tom who has had a history of weight problems but worked hard to get down to 55kg today to deliver a well-deserved win for the team.

Tom Sadler had to forego the ride on Observational at his previous start when he had only 54kg on his back when Craig Newitt rode him to victory in the Listed $150,000 Golden Mile (1600m) at Bendigo on April 1.

“I am a little bit emotional,” John Saddler said.

“The hard work has paid off for him (Tom).”

“I think three or four years ago he couldn’t ride 55kg. He has really put his head down and bottom up and worked terribly hard and it was only a matter of this happening.”

“It is a really great thrill.”

The pre-race plan was to ride Observational a bit closer than normal because of the way the track was playing, but the six year old gelding couldn’t go with the early speed and Tom Saddler had to settle him worse than midfield, three wide.

At the 800m Saddler decided to make a move and had Observational ($9) in an attacking position wide on the track on the home turn and he proved too strong in the straight to record a one and a quarter lengths win over Second Bullet ($8.50) with $101 shot Double Bluff making up ground out wide for third.

In a wide betting race Goldstream and Grey Lion were sent out as the equal $6.50 favourites, but both finished well back in the pack.

Goldstream raced in the first four but faded in the straight to finish tenth while Grey Lion never threatened and wound up a well beaten fifteenth.

Saddler said that he hasn’t worked out a definite ongoing campaign for Observational, but the Listed $200,000 Warrnambool Cup (2350m) at Warrnambool on May 4 could be on the agenda.

“I would love to win a Warrnambool Cup, but I don’t if he could run a mile and half. He is racing extra well and Queensland would also be an option.”

“We will work it out over the next four of five days.”

2017 Easter Cup Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 7 OBSERVATIONAL (GB) John Sadler Thomas Sadler 9 55kg $9
2 12 SECOND BULLET Danny O’Brien Ms Katelyn Mallyon 1.25L 7 54kg $8.50
3 14 DOUBLE BLUFF (IRE) Robbie Laing Ms Jessica Payne 2.75L 14 54kg $101
4 11 HIGH CHURCH (IRE) Darren Weir Jye McNeil 3.15L 16 54kg $15
5 8 DARK EYES Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Stephen Baster 4.9L 13 54.5kg $11
6 17e WAR LEGEND (NZ) Michael Moroney Patrick Moloney 5L 6 54kg $8
7 3 EXTRA ZERO David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Nolen 5.2L 5 56.5kg $21
8 5 JACQUINOT BAY David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Michael Dee 5.3L 15 55.5kg $13
9 10 GOLDSTREAM (ITY) Darren Weir Ben Allen (a) 6.05L 11 54kg $6.50EF
10 13 TARQUIN John O’Shea Beau Mertens (a) 6.55L 4 54kg $11
11 16 O’LONERA Cindy Alderson Ben E Thompson (a) 7.05L 3 54kg $31
12 2 PORNICHET (FR) Ciaron Maher Brad Rawiller 7.25L 1 59kg $31
13 18e TRANSFER ALLOWANCE Peter Roche Chris Symons 8.5L 2 54kg $101
14 1 LEEBAZ (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 10L 8 59kg $21
15 4 GREY LION (IRE) Matt Cumani Craig Newitt 11.5L 12 56.5kg $6.50EF
16 9 PURPLE SMILE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jake Noonan 16L 10 54.5kg $101


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