Admiral (Jasmine Fawcett) handled the testing conditions with ease at Rotorua yesterday.
Admiral made his way to the winners' circle for the first time in his campaign with a gritty display in testing track conditions at Rotorua yesterday.
Ridden by in-form apprentice Jasmine Fawcett, Admiral ploughed through the mud to register the sixth win of his career.
Trainer Stephen Ralph had commented before the 1560-metre race that he wanted to see his charge get an economical run near the pace, after being used up to lead in some of his more recent runs - including a last-start fourth in the Gr. 2 Easter Handicap.
“I told Jasmine that we didn’t have to go faster than anyone else, as he will outsprint them in the run home,” he said.
“He’s a stronger horse now, so if we could get to the corner without using all his petrol I thought he would be hard to beat.”
Fawcett followed the pre-race instructions to the letter as she tracked a muddling speed set by Jochen Rindt before kicking away to defeat Ambitious Winner and The Kipling Girl.
“Full credit to Jasmine as she worked it out really nicely,” said Ralph. “When she took over on the home corner I was pretty confident. “That’s his first win going left-handed, so that’s another box we can tick off.”
Fawcett was full of praise for her mount as she unsaddled after the race.
“I didn’t have to ask much of him and he finished off really well,” she said. “He was pulling the whole way, but he’s proven before that he loves a heavy track and he did it again today.”
Admiral advanced his career earnings to just over $154,000 with the win.