Progressive Cambridge galloper Sultan Of
Swing (Bachelor Duke x Queen Cha Cha) showed he was ready to tackle his biggest challenge to date when he
continued on his winning way at Ellerslie on Saturday.
The Bachelor Duke gelding , who was born and raised at Trelaweny, made it four wins
from just eight starts at northern racing headquarters as he dominated
proceedings in the final stages to claim the Celebrating Chenille 1500.
Expertly handled by apprentice Sam Weatherley, the four-year-old used good
early speed to sit outside leader Prince Mambo before issuing a serious
challenge as the pair entered the home straight.
Sultan Of Swing quickly assumed control and
although hotly challenged in the last few bounds by race favourite Go Nicholas,
he held his rival at bay to score in a handy 1.30.80 for the 1500 metre journey
on the Dead 6 rated surface.
“He got the run of the race and with the
apprentice claim it meant he was always going to be hard to catch,” noted
trainer Shaune Ritchie.
“He won in a similar fashion last time when
he made all the pace so we decided that similar tactics could do the job and so
“He loves it at Ellerslie and when you can
run the times like that from in front it does make you awfully tough to bowl.”
Ritchie confirmed the Gr. 2 Manco Easter
Stakes would be the next assignment for his charge although he did feel the
horse was poorly placed due to the set weights and penalties conditions of the
“The Easter is the logical race for him but
when he has to carry the same weight as a horse like Natuzzi, who has won
nearly three times as many races, it does seem a little crazy,” he said.
“It used to be a real art to getting a
horse like our guy into those big handicaps on a light weight but the change to
so many of our best races to these types of conditions has all but negated that
skill now.” -NZ Racing Desk