Jason Collett brings Futooh through to down her stablemate Muswellbrook in the China Horse Club MIle.
The engagement of Jason Collett proved crucial in the opening race on day two of The Championships as the Kiwi expat got Futooh up for a convincing win in the Listed China Horse Club Mile.
Collett had been in the saddle in the Lindsay Park filly’s only previous win, also at Randwick, in January. Futooh’s latest form had not been of the same standard but she relished the step up to 1600 metres, bursting through the pack from second-last to beat her stablemate Musswellbrook by a long neck.
“She relaxed beautifully for me and got into a lovely rhythm,” Collett said. “Turning for home and seeing how the others were travelling I was feeling pretty confident.
“There weren’t many gaps but the way she felt I knew we’d find a way through.”
So it proved from the top of the long straight, as Collett first got the Sebring filly between runners then spotted a gap towards the inside and angled to the rail with 100 metres to run. She was very impressive over the final stages as she burst through to score with authority.
Co-trainer Ben Hayes didn’t discount the possibility of backing Futooh up in next Saturday’s Gr. 1 Champagne Stakes over the same 1600 metres.
“We’ll see how she pulls up, but we might look at the Champagne,” he said.
Collett described the track, rated Good4 at the start of the day, as “nice with a bit of give in it.”
“It’s going to dry out as the day goes on, but it’s in just the right order to start the day,” he said.