STAR young reinsman Cameron Hart can’t wait for the Grand Circuit with gun four-year-old My Ultimate Ronnie.
A convincing winner of today’s $50,000 Breeders Challenge for the four-year-old colts and geldings, Hart is already looking forward to further major challenges.
That’s because the Jarrod Alchin-trained ‘Ronnie’ will first head to Perth for a crack at their major four-year-old race, the Golden Nugget.
After a 25.8s final quarter, he won the Breeders Challenge final by almost 20 metres, beating Allstarzzz Frankie and Saint Crusader in a slashing 1:50.4 mile.
Hart didn’t need to pull the earplugs to get the best out of him either.
“He’s got it all and when you get to the level that he’s been racing, you do need to have it all,” said Hart.
“He has all these weapons in his arsenal. He showed his speed today and did it pretty comfortably.
“Jarrod has been as happy as he ever has with him.
“He’s had a few issues along the way ever since he was a baby but nothing that has kept him on the sidelines.
“Now he’s in a really good spot now and I’m looking forward to the Grand Circuit racing with him because I think he’ll take that next step.”
Hart says Ronnie is so versatile that he expected the horse would handle the Gloucester Park track without a problem when he headed there for the Nugget.
“I’m looking forward to getting over there [WA] and seeing how he shapes up against the best ones over there,” he said.
“I think he’ll be a huge chance and I don’t expect the track will bother him in the least.
“He’s done plenty of racing at Penrith and gets around there like a greyhound.”
The other four-year-old final – this one for the mares – was taken out by the Nathan Jack-trained and Amanda Turnbull-driven Captains Queen.
After using the mare’s speed to lead the $50,000 final out of the gate, Turnbull made the decision to hand up the lead to the favourite, My Sweet Sabrina.
That proved a winner as the mare settled much better when she had a horse to follow.
She held off a spirited challenge from Ideal In Dreams in the straight to score by 3.8m in a 1:51.6 mile rate. My Sweet Sabrina wilted slightly to finish third.
“I just wanted to see how much pressure I was going to cop. It worked out well,” said Turnbull.
“That was why I did hand up.
“She wasn’t travelling all that well when I was in front but when I handed up she picked up the bit and raced a lot better.
“I was actually surprised when Ideal In Dreams beat me in the heat as I had kicked away.
“At the top of the straight I thought she was going to pass me again but my mare fought on really well.”