Not only honest – but talented, the lightly raced and promising Sagarra who so gamely wore down his rivals in the 1100m BM64 contest at Bendigo on Tuesday.
Having just his eighth start, the Teofilo four-year-old was allowed to find his feet early by Ethan Brown, settling second last on the rails – always travelling well.
Saving ground along the rails turning, Sagarra hit a flat spot for just a couple of strides as leader All Too Sublime shot clear but from the 200m really started to charge, impressing with the turn off foot he displayed over the final 50m as he drew clear to win by a soft half length.
It was the second success for the fast finishing sprinter who just does not know how to run a bad race, yet to finish out of the first five with three placings to his credit.
And the best is still to come with Sagarra – who has been a bit of a slow learner – really starting to figure things out.
“He is a horse who has always shown a lot of talent,” said the stable’s Beth Schoen; “it has just taken him a while to learn about the caper… but it looks like the penny has dropped.”
Noting that Sagarra is a bit of a stable favourite – “he is a fun horse to have around” – Schoen said that she enjoyed the race with Ethan Brown making such a good timed run.
“It all turned out perfectly, he let him jump and settle and not hit the front until he really had to – and the horse was terrific when he let down.”
“Robbie said be consersative on him and he will do his best work late,” Brown said, “and he was spot on.”
Bred by great stable clients Craig and Kathy Pearce who remain in the ownership, Sagarra is the first foal for the Exceed And Excel mare Mintbin whose dam is the stakes placed multiple city winner Sophistocat, half-sister to the stakes winner Sir Success.