Smooth Victory For Roadrager
Sep 17, 2018
So often after a race there are bad luck stories to be told but sometimes everything goes just right and thankfully that was the case for Roadrager who was in winning form second up at Wangaratta on Monday.
On paper it the Class 1 contest did not look an easy task for Roadrager from the outside barrier but the race was run to suit and Andrew Mallyon was able to guide the four-year-old to the rails without any issues.
And from there splits came, Roadrager so smoothly making his way through the field that he went from last to fourth in the blink of an eye!
"It could not have worked out any better," Mallyon said,
"We were able to stride straight across to the rail and ended up in the box seat without doing any work."
Cruising into the straight, Roadrager look set to easily put the race away but once in front was inclined to have a bit of a look around.
"He just got left with a lot to think about," Mallyon said, noting that the conditions did make it hard for horses to really stride out - "they are not really letting go on this track but even with the short margin it was still a dominant win."
"It was a ten out of ten ride," said the stable's Beth Schoen, noting that the horse was "very unlucky not to win last start."
"He got pushed wide that day so he deserved this."
Watching from the stand Beth also thought that Roadrager was set for a bigger win than eventuated - "he did look like he was going to win by further but he didn't fully appreciate the shifty ground," she said.
A home-bred for long time clients and friends Peter Ford and Dean Hanan, Roadrager is by The Quarterback's sire Street Boss (pictured) out of the Dehere mare Chalk Ridge - a well related mare who recently foaled a Cable Bay filly.