Smart galloper Trading Day continued his great form with a convincing victory in the last race at Belmont yesterday.
It is the measure of a good horse when he can beat good horses and quality gallopers Fiddlers Elbow (Troy Turner) and Thateldo (Chris Parnham) filled the places behind him. The latter galloper has never finished further back than third in his 13 starts.
Trading Day was the rage with the punters after being deemed to be unlucky after losing the WA Day Plate, on May 31, to Cool Trade, on protest. On that occasion he was ridden by visiting apprentice Luke Dittman.
That protest upheld decision against Trading Day prevented trainer Kevin Temple from hat-trick of wins, since taking over the gelding from deceased former trainer John Wilson. Temple has only presented Trading Day for three starts.
Under-rated jockey Willie White returned on Trading Day and gave a “super ride” as part owner Wes White described.
Perfectly positioned in fourth position, off the fence, Willie White surged Trading Day forward in the home straight and defied them to catch him.
“This was a top class field and he proved again that he was the best,” Wes White said.
Fiddlers Elbow was a little unlucky in having to ease of the winner’s heels but he was still three quarters of a length behind Trading Day at the winning post, after ‘gaining daylight.’
Trading Day will have one more winter start before being turned out. The connections are planning some rich summer races with him.
The four year old son of Trade Fair has now won six times with eight places from his 16 starts.
BAYATORIO: Another eye catching young horse is the Brett Pope trained Bayatorio (William Pike).
Bayatorio wore down Shilling (Shaun O’Donnell) in the final stages to record a narrow win, his fourth in eight starts, in the penultimate race over 1400m.
“He keeps digging deep when they come at him and he can probably run over a bit more ground. This was a better field today than his previous win, last start, and he also went up 3kg in weight today,” Pope said.
Pope said his three year old had toughened up since suffering from shin soreness earlier in his career.
Happy With Kendel (Willie White), a $26 outsider, flashed home to run third and a second win is not far away. The pale grey probably needs more ground. Stewards reported he raced keenly in the early and middle stages and had to be taken outwards to obtain a clear run at the 250m mark.