DESPITE bouncing back to the winners’ circle, Sammy Showdown is just “treading water” according to trainer Kylie Sugars.
Making a swift transition through the grades this season, winning his first five starts for the term, Sammy Showdown then produced two solid Group One performances before being sent for a short break.
Returning with a gallant fifth a fortnight ago, the trotter was triumphant at Tabcorp Park Melton this evening.
“Relieved” with the win, Sugars explained Sammy Showdown’s campaign is likely to be a short one as she sets her sights on several majors later in the year.
“The idea was to give him a handful of starts during winter, including the Vicbred, and hope for a big summer,” Sugars said.
“His Vicbred plans are up in the air, so for now, we are treading water a bit hoping things will fall into place later in the year.
“I still don’t plan on giving him a big winter and he will have another three to four weeks off at some point”
Driven Sugars by during his latest victory, Sammy Showdown was eased away from barrier six to settle four-back along the pegs as I Am Pegasus dashed to the lead from gate four.
With the field travelling in ‘Indian file”, Sugars sent the son of Bacardi Lindy forward to test the front runner from the ‘death seat’.
Forging his way to the lead leaving the back straight, Sammy Showdown completed a three-metre win from Imperial Whiz, with Savannah Jay Jay seven-and-a-half metres away third in 1:59.7 over 2240 metres.
“I’m very relieved and pleased with him,” Sugars said. “Last start he got caught in breeze in quick time and was found wanting in the straight.
“He took no ill effect and felt good at home but I felt if he didn’t do as much work early he would run a much better race.
“Settling him early from the gate worked out much better as it showed at the finish.”