Mack Griffith and the connections of Sent From Above got just what they wanted at Wellington on Monday.
Prior to the mare’s debut for the Mudgee trainer, Griffith had stated a victory would see the four-year-old immediately retired to stud.
A win would make the Goree Park-owned Sent From Above that little more of an attractive prospect at stud, and that’s just what happened.
Sent From Above rocketed out of the gates and, according to jockey Grant Buckley, that was where the race was won.
Despite tiring late, the well-bred progeny of Lonhro and Gamble Me went on to win by a comfortable three-and-a-quarter lengths in the day’s first event, the Maiden Plate (900m).
“No disrespect to the opposition but I think she was just way better than them,” Griffith told Sky Thoroughbred Central after the win.
“She’s way fast and not really brave at the end of races but very fast and today was the perfect track.
“Another 50 yards and she might not have got there.”
After running second and then third at Newcastle in her last two starts, under the training of Mark Newnham, Sent From Above was all the rage with punters at Wellington.
Griffith predicted the mare would jump well and she got out brilliantly from barrier four as a hot $1.60 favourite.
Buckley and Sent From Above immediately got to the lead, setting the pace ahead of Haralben ($12) and Slimline ($4.80).
Slimline appeared set to drop off at one point, but as they rounded the bend it was Haralden who ran out of steam.
It was all too easy up front, as Sent From Above moved more than five lengths clear in the straight.
She tired late on but still got the win, ahead of and the fast-finishing Dart Street ($26), ridden by Mathew Cahill for Brett Thompson.
Slimline was third.
“In the first couple of furlongs, she won the race there,” Buckley said.
“The track is a little sticky and the wheels were spinning when I let the horse go … got a little lost in the going but it was still a good win.”
Later in the meeting, veteran Gilgandra trainer endured a nervous wait before Outta Space ($5) was declared the winner of the Benchmark 58 Handicap (1400m).
The five-year-old seemed certain to go one better than a last-start second at Dubbo when he kicked clear in the straight at Wellington.
But from deep in the field, the Paul Theobald-trained Attilus began to make an almighty charge.
With Cahill in the saddle, the $101 rank outsider flew wide down the outside and forced the result to be decided by a photo.
The result saw Outta Space hang on along the inside, while Attilus was second and Garry Lunn’s Umgeni ($21) was third.
Anthony Cavallo was the winning jockey.