TALENTED two-year-old colt Expensive Ego kept his unbeaten record intact when running out an easy winner in Saturday night’s Group 1 Albion Park Gold – APG Brisbane Sales Final.
Expensive Ego a $27,000 purchase from the 2018 APG Brisbane Sale, made it ﬁve from ﬁve when adding a second Group 1 title to his already impressive record taking his prizemoney tally to more than $114,000.
From the tricky second-row draw driver Jim Douglass was able to get a nice run through from the start before moving three wide into the straight for the ﬁrst time, racing up to sit outside leader Our Balou ($8.50, Grant Dixon).
Douglass then put the foot down on the $1.12 race favourite as they approached the 700m mark, racing out to a 20m lead as they rounded the home turn before running out an easy 29.5m winner over Our Balou with another 1.5m back to third-placed Venus Jujon ($126, Paul Diebert).
In blustery conditions the son of Rock N Roll Heaven carved out sectionals of 30.2s, 28.2s, 27.7s before running home in 28.3s, giving a mile rate of 1.54.4 for the 1660m event.
A beaming Douglass said after the race: “He did that pretty easily; he’s a bit special.
“We didn’t leave any stone unturned tonight”.
In reference to Douglass’s ﬁnal comment trainer David Thorn explained: “I went pretty light on his training before last week’s heat win and Grant’s (Dixon) horse (Our Balou) went better than we thought he would.
“I said to Jimmy before that race, look after him and just do what you have to, next week is the grand ﬁnal.
“Tonight he went super.
“He’s still very green but he seems to be relaxing better in his races now.”
Speaking with Thorn on Sunday morning regarding Expensive Ego’s immediate future he said: “He’s pulled up really well after last night and has licked his bin clean.
“He’ll spend today out in the paddock and then we will head home tomorrow and start preparing for the APG Consolations at the end of the month at Menangle.
“Both he and the ﬁlly Vantori Hanover will contest those, then it will be oﬀ for a spell for a few months”.
By DAN COSTELLO