AccelHaving been knocking on the door in his three runs prior, Accelerato completely bulldozed it down this afternoon at Bendigo to break his maiden in emphatic style for Mornington-based trainer Tony Noonan.
Making the win even sweeter was the $28,400 VOBIS bonuses attached to the race which Noonan handsomely collected for long-term stable clients at Laurel Oak Bloodstock.
“With Super VOBIS and Gold VOBIS bonuses, this race is worth $51,000 which is hard to get,” said Noonan.
“ He has been disappointing on occasions but Brad (Rawiller) was able to just get a sit in behind, settle well and have a good kick.
By applying a slight change of tactics, Noonan was quietly confident that Accelerato was in for a change of fortunes if things unraveled as planned.
“He’s just been over-racing in his races and racing on nervous energy. We tried hard to get him into a position where he can take a sit.
We’ve worked hard on that at home with good results so today worked out good.”
Jumping well from the gates, Rawiller took hold of Accelerato behind a moderate tempo as Legal Mistress crossed from a wide barrier to provide cover for the 3-year-old son of Fastnet Rock who had led in is three runs prior.
Tracking through the bend well, a gap opened for Rawiller upon straightening as Accelerato ($4.20) effortlessly quickned under quiet riding before opening up a big margin to score by 7 lengths from Aquifer Mist ($21) and Legal Mistress ($15).
“Looking at the race, I’d expected we probably would be the leader but Tony was happy if something would go quick enough, we’d be able to get a sit as it worked out,” said Rawiller after the win.
“He had a good turn of foot so when we got the split, he was just too good.”
Having run placings in the three starts prior, Accelerato’s maiden win today took his earnings to $54,525 at his sixth career start.
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