Little Doubt - Mach's Back (Saturday 14th April 2018)

 

Bruce Stewart

 

 

Mach's Back continued the stellar season Murray Little and trainer Paul Ellis are having when he impressively won at Winton today. 

 

"We just rolled along and I just let him do what he wanted to do," was how driver Blair Orange described his winning drive on Mach's Back which won the Drymix Concrete Mobile Pace.

 

Orange was driving the four year old for the first time with regular driver Dexter Dunn sticking with favourite Governor's Bay. 

 

"He had to be tough today and he was. I wasn't too worried about being wide early. He's shown in some of his runs that he can do it at both ends."

 

Mach's Back after being wide early, was taken to the top by Orange with Governor's Bay hard on his back. 

 

"At the 400 I felt him (favourite Governor's Bay) lose my back so after that I wasn't too worried about him," Orange said. 

 

The winning margin was a length and a quarter from a late stayers run from Franco Santino. The eye catching run came from Kilowatt Kid who charged home to run fourth just three lengths away from the winner.

 

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Mach's Back winning from Franco Santino (wide) - Photo Bruce Stewart.

 

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Coming back with Blair Orange - Photo Bruce Stewart 

 

The win was Mach's Back's second this season and owner Murray Little's fifth. Other winners for Little have been Betterthanbrie (2) and Shezacullengirl (1).

 

He also owns Mach Three two year old filly Havtime which qualified for Nathan Williamson and is now in Auckland with Barry Purdon. 

 

It was Mach's Back's trainer Paul Ellis's eleventh win of the season making it his best season to date in the sixteen he's been training. 

 

Meanwhile Winton trainer Lauren Pearson wasn't overly confident in winning the two year old race today with her Bettor's Delight filly Rise Above This. 

 

When asked if she was confident she replie "Not really, when you're racing horses like Zinny Mach that ran 1-53 in the Kindergarten Stakes. You're never confident especially with two year olds. We were just hoping she'd go well." 

 

Driven by her partner Brent Barclay, Rise Above This was sent forward early before handing up to favourite Zinny Mach. 

 

"She didn't come out the gate like she has done before so that was just a pass. She seemed sensible out there and was asleep in the box beforehand so nothing phased her too much."

 

Zinny Mach lead until the top of the straight before being collared firstly by Bottle Rock then Rise Above This which came up the inside passing lane. Rise Above This won by three quarters of a length from a late charging Robyns Playboy.

 

Pearson says she's unsure as to where the talented filly will go next but there are some options. 

 

"We'll see what happens. She's paid up for the Breeders Crown but we'll just have to see. It's a bit hard racing against the colts and geldings but I thinks there's a couple of fillies races here next month."

 

Rise Above This was bred by Invercargill lawyer Lester Smith who races the filly. He also races her half brother Duke Of Wellington - the winner of three races this season. 

 

"I don't think he's ever been there when one of them have won. He reckons the horses go better when he's at home watching on TV." 

 

There has been some buyer interest in Duke Of Wellington but Pearson says nothing serious is on the table at the moment. 

 

"I think at this stage he'll try and sell him and keep the filly." 

 

Duke Of Wellington is now being set for the $45,000 Alabar Southern Supremacy Stakes in the fortnight on Diamonds Day at Ascot Park. 

 

"He just had a canter the other day and a light hopple today and he felt real good so we'll line up next week and give him a run before the Supremacy."    

 

 

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