Mar 28, 2017

Photo courtesy of Trackside Photography

Sonador Angel gave her rivals a galloping lesson in easily winning the 1200m Yalumba Maiden Handicap at the Sunshine Coast. Jockey Ronnie Stewart allowed the daughter of the ill fated Captain Sonador to find her feet in the heavy going, settling towards the rear of the field. As the field fanned turning for home, Stewart stayed to the inside, gaining many lengths and when asked the question she strode away in the run home to win by 2.5 lengths eased down.

"It has been a frustrating time with her as when she has raced she has always drawn badly, but run well and she has also had some small niggling problems that have dogged us. We are really pleased for the owners, as they have all been very patient and that is now starting to show some results. We scratched her from last Wednesday for this, hoping we would have a better track, which we ended up with, but we were not sure how she would handle the Heavy ground. If we had a good track we felt she would win this race, so thankfully she was able to get through the ground the way she did. Judging on what we saw today there will be more wins is store for her and we will just allow her to progress through her grades." Commented John Meagher

Stable foreman, Andy Kermond was also pleased with the mares effort. "We have put quite a bit of work into her so she was pretty fit for this. It was our intention to run her over 1400m, but with the heavy tracks we felt that it would take too much out of her, so we decided to aim for the 1200m instead. Thankfully she was able to get through the ground and prove it was a good move. The race didn't quite go to plan, as with blinkers first time and being 5 weeks between runs, we thought she would jump and be right on the pace, so to see her back at the rear was a bit of a surprise. But we have confidence in Ronnie and he knew what he was doing, so in the end it was a very good ride that helped her get to the line.