“Be afraid. Be very afraid!”
While the classic Mel Brooks-originated line is best associated with the 1986 remake of The Fly, it’s also a fitting warning to prospective rivals following Ride High’s scintillating victory at Tabcorp Park Melton tonight.
Second-up from a six-month spell, Ride High blitzed his opposition with a 1:50.8 performance over 1720 metres.
A fortnight ago the five-year-old rated 1:51.6 over the same journey while running his final quarter in a breathtaking 25.8 seconds, with the final 800 metres in 52.8 seconds.
This time around Ride High’s closing sectional was 26.7 seconds for a last half of 53.6 second.
Ecstatic with the five-year-old’s efforts, trainer Clayton Tonkin issued an ominous warning by stating Ride High will improve with fitness!
“He is pretty tight, but still not fully wound up yet,” Tonkin said. “He’s an awesome specimen which does it so easily.
“People will be quite shocked when they see exactly what he can run when he is opened right up.
“He’s a beautiful big horse with such a seamless action and gets over the ground so smoothly and easily.”
Driven by Kima Frenning, Ride High was caught three-wide from barrier five before being taken to the front as Courageous Saint was eased to take a trail.
Striding clear around the final bend, Ride High completed a 12-and-a-half metre win from Courageous Saint, with Love Ina Chevy five-and-a-half metres away third.
“He did it well within himself again,” Tonkin said. “Kima is just a passenger as he does his own thing.
“As I said, he is not fully wound up and the scary thing is he will keep getting better!”