PATIENCE paid off for one of Australasia’s most accomplished reinsmen at Tabcorp Park Menangle today as Let It Ride staked his claim as one of the best four-year-olds in the country.
Anthony Butt decided to take no part in a desperate early battle for the lead between San Domino, Pretty Hot and the well-backed Atomic Red in the opening stanza of the New South Wales Breeders’ Challenge Final.
In one of the quickest opening halves recorded at Menangle – consisting of splits of 26.5 and 26.7 seconds – there was literally no quarter asked for or given as Atomic Red eventually worked his way to the front.
Sadly for the Turnbull stable that left Atomic Red a sitting shot for something coming from back in the field, which happened to be Let It Ride.
Unleashing a swooping run, the son of Rock N Roll Heaven scored from Conviction and Joes Star Of Mia in a slashing 1:49.4.
That was almost a second faster than Cruz Bromac in winning the Len Smith Mile earlier in the afternoon.
“You never get tired of winning Group One races like this,” said Tim Butt, who has one of the best training records in big races in this part of the world.
“Every big race brings a different set of challenges, usually a different set of owners and every horse is different.
“This bloke is pretty talented and to win this Group One was a great achievement for this horse. He could not have gone any better today.”