MAJESTIC PLAYER bid farewell to Australia on a winning note when he led throughout the Woodlands Stud Breeders’ Crown Championship at Tabcorp Park Melton last night.
Sent out a well-backed $1.30 favourite, Majestic Player showed his characteristic early speed from the mobile to find the lead from his wide front row draw while his main danger Wobelee slotted in behind to await the sprint lane.
Driver Jason Lee bided for as long as he could before releasing the reins on Majestic Player and the Anton Golino-trained four-year-old reeled off a 27.6-second last 400 metres to score by two metres from Wobelee and Kyvalley Finn.
The son of Majestic Son boasts in impressive record 14 of his 28 starts.
“It’s been a little bit of time since his last run but he’s been a pretty consistent horse for a long while now,” Lee said.
“We were racing a little bit out of the gate and we were always going to hold Chris (Alfordm Wobelee).”
Lee admitted he opted to change his tactics shortly after the start.
“I knew what he was doing aiming for the leader’s back, initially I was doing enough so he couldn’t get there but then I thought he might be better there and not outside me if he got pulling,” Lee said.
“So I let him have that spot and I just had to control the race from there.”
After the race Golino revealed owner Pat Driscoll had sold the winner to USA interests.
“It’s always a tough decision, he’s been a great little horse for us especially this season where he’s been fantastic,” Golino said.
“He had a bit of bad trip over to New Zealand for the Jewels where it didn’t work out, if he had of drawn the front it would have been better but he’s a good little horse anyway.”