Stars align for trainer John Sadler to snare treble   Leave a comment

Stars align for trainer John Sadler to snare treble

Digitalism, left, was one of John Sadler’s three winners at Geelong on Wednesday.

Digitalism, left, was one of John Sadler’s three winners at Geelong on Wednesday. Source: News Corp Australia

TRAINER John Sadler joked that he couldn’t remember the last time he scored a city winning treble at Geelong.

With Sandown’s midweek meeting transferred to Geelong on Wednesday, the seven races retained their metropolitan status and prizemoney.

Sadler, who rejoined Aquanita Racing at Caulfield last year, scored in the opening race with Carashan Girl, with Digitalism in the sixth and with Oak Park Goblet in the last.

To make the day even better for Sadler, his son Tom rode Carashan Girl ($5.50) and Oak Park Goblet ($3.10 favourite). Michael Dee rode Digitalism ($7) to victory.

Sadler said while he had achieved city trebles before, it had been a while.

“You can come to the races and think you’ve got chances and you draw in and thefence is off. Whereas today they are on-pace horses and were ridden that way and with the way the track raced, they were in a perfect position,” Sadler said.

Trainer John Sadler was delighted with his three winners at Geelong on Wednesday. Picture

Trainer John Sadler was delighted with his three winners at Geelong on Wednesday. Picture: Colleen PetchSource: News Corp Australia

“The stars aligned.”

Sadler said he thought Digitalism, who he believes can win better races, was his best chance in a race where fellow Aquanita trainer Robert Smerdon had the $1.40 favourite, King Of England, who finished a disappointing sixth. For a horse touted as a Melbourne Cup hope, Smerdon didn’t know what to make of King Of England’s run in the benchmark 78 handicap.

Taken to the lead by Craig Williams near the inside rail, the regally bred and named gelding went wide on the turn and then quickly compacted in the 1700m race.

By the time the field straightened, King Of England was conceding ground quickly as runner-up, Darren Weir’s Falago, drove through on the inside.

“On face value it was disappointing,” Smerdon said. “We left it to Craig and told him to play it a bit by ear and he did a little bit of work to get there. But in mid-race he was all right and as soon as that horse drove up on the inside, he was off the bit.

“And he struggled from a fair way out. We’ll go back to the drawing board and see how he comes through it. But he (Williams) said he was fine in his action and pulled up fine and said he just didn’t go well today.”

Originally published as Stars align for Sadler treble

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Posted April 23, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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