Aug 29, 2018
Wednesday metropolitan races at this time of year can be pretty strong and it is likely that the 1000m BM70 contest won by Robe de Fete at Sandown on Wednesday will prove to be a good form reference.
With many eyes on the brilliant trialler Master Rock who was sent out a short priced favourite, Robe de Fete ended up being sent out at big odds but he was always travelling well right on the more favoured runner's hammer.
The two kicked into the straight, Master Rock rallying before tiring late as Robe de Fete got the upper-hand, drawing clear to win by 3/4 length and looking to have plenty in hand.
"He travelled strongly through the run," jockey Damian Lane reported, adding that "it looks like he is starting to put it altogether and hopefully he can go on with it now."
"That is what we thought he would do at his first start," Robbie Griffiths said, remembering Robe de Fete running off in a Blue Diamond Preview back in January, "but he pulled a muscle and had to have a spell."
Racing away to a two length victory first up in early August, Robe de Fete "returned in good order" before a disappointing run second up - though there was an explanation for that Pakenham fifth.
"He just wanted to over-race; Deane Lester went through the sectionals and thought maybe he slowed down a bit too much mid-race."
"So today we told Damian just to let him flow, he is a high speed horse as many of the good Choisirs are. Today we got to see what he shows us at home."
Whilst Robe de Fete is nominated for the Caulfield Guineas, Robbie will "see what he does next start before we become too ambitious."
"It may come a bit too soon for him, we will take it one step at a time."