Cult hero Stoneyrise resumed from a spell with a strong win in the $25,000 Crystal Sprint (1200m).
The gelding, trained out the back o’ Bourke by James Hatch, finished well from midfield to beat outslog his rivals in the rapidly deteriorating conditions.
The six-year-old, ridden by Mathew Cahill, started a $2.80 favourite and beat Rubymay ($11.00, Ben Looker) by one-and-a-quarter lengths, with Professor Marx ($3.80, Robbie Dolan) just behind that pair in third. Hatch was over the moon post-race, admitting he had concerns about his star’s chances of taking out the event when the rain started falling.
“He’s a freak. To come from where he did on a wet track, first up. Unreal,” Hatch said on Sky Thoroughbred Central.
“I was a bit worried because he was first up over 1200m and it got heavy but how good is he?”
For Cahill, the win was a pleasing one, and he expects the gelding to get better with racing. “He raced a bit closer than usual, which was handy,” Cahill said.
“He got tired the last 100m, which he was entitled to do first up on a wet track at 1200m.
“I knew the best part of his races was the last 300m, so I was confident he would pick them up, but he will only improve that run because he did start the labour a bit late.”