Redefine (Madan Singh, inside) holds out Perfect Harmonee (Rosie Myers) in the Autumn Sprint Championship Final at Trentham.
Apprentice jockey Madan Singh completed a feature-race double at Trentham this afternoon when Redefine clung on for an all-the-way win in the $50,000 Hanley Formula Autumn Sprint Championship Final.
The 26-year-old won the Trentham Gold Cup on his regular mount Trisha Lea, and 40 minutes later he produced a repeat result in his first ride on Redefine.
Jumping side by side in gates four and five respectively, Redefine and Perfect Harmonee went forward early and dominated the race from the front.
Redefine looked vulnerable at the top of the straight, with Perfect Harmonee travelling smoothly on his outside and Dougie and Manhattan Street running on just behind him. But the Captain Rio gelding dug deep and turned back all the challengers, beating Perfect Harmonee by a nose.
The four-year-old has now won seven of his 18 starts and more than $98,000 in prize-money. Today’s win was his third in a row, having headed to the South Island a month ago for wins at Marlborough and Riccarton.
“He’s improved a lot this season,” Otaki trainer Rachael Frost said. “We had a few issues with him last year, but he’s really come to it now.
“This race wasn’t really in our plans – last week I didn’t think he’d get into the field. But once we saw the nominations, we decided to put him in.
“If he’d run badly today, he would have gone out for a break. Now I don’t know what we’ll do with him. There aren’t many Rating 85 options in the central districts, so we might have a look for some open handicaps.”
Runner-up Perfect Harmonee finished three-quarters of a length ahead of the third-placed Dougie, who was having his first start since winning over 2100 metres at Ellerslie on Boxing Day. Favourite Manhattan Street was another length away in fourth.