Nov 23, 2019
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Arctic Shock proved that she is on the right track for some higher grade staying races, with a last to first victory in the 2040m Christmas Functions at The Valley BM78 Handicap at Moonee Valley. After drawing wide, jockey Craig Williams made the decision to go back soon after the start, realising he would more than likely be caught in no mans' land going forward. Settling in last position, but always travelling comfortably, Williams was then able to secure an amazing run through the field to be on the leaders heels turning for home. After getting some clear air the mare then accelerated and looked to be heading for an easy win, before losing concentration and almost losing the race on the line.
"It was great to get this win tonight as we had a big group of owners present, so congratulations to all of them and our long time supporters, Ontrack Thoroughbreds. We didn't expect her to be that far back in the run, but really left it up to Craig to ride her as he saw fit. What we saw was a tremendous ride from him and that is why you put these blokes on them. She is still doing a few things wrong and got quite lost when she hit the front tonight, almost throwing the race away. More racing will definitely improve her in this regard. We feel that now she has shown she can get over some ground there will be better races in store for her going forward, as the autumn is always where we thought she would be at her best. As such she can go for a break now. Thanks again to our staff who continue to do an amazing job." Commented Chris Meagher