Sweet Idea the Hendersons’ pride and joy   Leave a comment

Sweet Idea the Hendersons’ pride and joy
Date
April 3, 2015 – 5:49PM
Chris Roots
Sweet thing: Sweet Idea.
Sweet thing: Sweet Idea. Photo: Jenny Evans
David Henderson is no stranger to winning on the biggest racedays of the year, but there is something special about going to Randwick this Saturday with Sweet Idea.

Henderson and his brother Luke have drunk from the Caulfield Cup courtesy of Descarado and the Melbourne Cup after holding shares in Fiorente. They were both tried horses when the Hendersons bought them on the advice of the Waterhouse team. Even their Golden Slipper winner Sebring was part of a syndicate where they had little input.

“We have been in some good ones but it has always been someone else who has looked at them or they had been somewhere before we got them,” Henderson said.

“With [Sweet Idea] we looked at her at the Magic Millions and have been a part of the process from the beginning. Gai [Waterhouse] and her team told us about her and we liked her. There is a satisfaction to buying a horse in the ring for $240,000 and then seeing her perform at two, three and four.”

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Sweet Idea has taken the Henderson and partners to the biggest stage. She was runner-up in the Magic Millions as two-year-old before running third in the Golden Slipper, beaten a lip in a Coolmore Classic and then second in the Memsie Stakes and Myer Classic at four.

So taking on the best sprinters in the world – Chautauqua, Lankan Rupee and Terravista – in the T.J. Smith Stakes is not as intimidating as it looks on paper.

“She has never really let us down and to tell you the truth we are happy to take her to any race because we thought she will run her heart out,” Henderson said. “The plan was actually to go to Brisbane with her this preparation but Gai said to us we might try her in the Galaxy, instead of trialling.”

The result was a swooping win that gave the Snitzel mare a much-deserved first group 1 victory and led to another change of plans into the T.J. Smith.

“Finally winning a group 1 last start was the icing on the cake after being so close so often with her. You have to be happy to have been lucky enough to have a horse like her but you always want more,” Henderson said.

“I think she is the highest-rated mare in the country and has the group 1. We know we are taking on the best sprinters but she has done that all her life. She is going to run a great race and if that is good enough we will celebrate again.”

Joao Moreira will replace the suspended Blake Shinn on Sweet Idea in the T.J. Smith, which is another positive.

Shinn fast-tracked his careless-riding suspension from Golden Slipper day in order to ride Fenway to victory in the Vinery Stud Stakes for his stepfather and stepbrother Lee and Shannon Hope last week.

“I think everyone knows how good [Moreira] is but not everyone knows how good she is,” Henderson said.

Sweet Idea had support, from $7 into $6, at Ladbrokes on Friday evening as punters gear towards having a heavy track. Terravista joined Chautauqua as the $3.10 favourite, while Lankan Rupee was steady at $5.

“Sweet Idea has been popular with a couple of our punters because of the jockey and the track,” Ladbrokes’ Paul Di Cioccio said. “The rain is changing a few people’s opinions. Chautauqua has been easy this week and Terravista, who is four from four at Randwick and loves soft ground, has had his supporters.”

Trainer Mick Price has been delighted with the way defending champion Lankan Rupee has taken to Sydney.

“He’s really come on in the last couple of days and it looks like we’re going to get conditions like last year,” he said. “Let’s hope he can run a similar type of race.”

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Posted April 4, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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