Wearing our stable colours, Translator showed great tenacity to knuckle down and win at Sandown today, his first this preparation.
We were a little bit concerned about the Soft 6 track and how he would perform, but after some discussion we thought best to give him his chance and see how it worked out.
It was a great ride from Craig Williams – he rated the race perfectly and lifted the horse to find in the final furlong.
We were also pleased to see Craig keep the horse busy and moving around behind the gates prior to the start. Keeping him on his toes meant he jumped out of the gates quickly, where in the past he has sometimes flopped out of the gates.
Giving him a more positive start to the race meant he didn’t need to sustain a long run to the post and cold get out on top. Especially on the Sandown Lakeside track, it’s important not to give up too much ground so the positive ride was ideal.
Translator has always been a nice horse for our stable, and we’ve loved him since we paid $75,000 for him from the Inglis Premier Sale in Melbourne a few years ago.
Syndicating him among our stable clients it’s been really pleasing to see him already win in excess of $170,000 – with plenty of fun along the way of course.
He’s still a mentally immature horse, especially when it comes to finishing off his races he’s still got a bit to learn. Putting the visors on him today was possibly the difference between winning and losing – in a similar spot at Wangaratta a few starts back he slackened off when hitting the front but today he maintained focus still being able to see the opposition besides him.
Physically, he’s still a bit narrow and and has some developing to do. Looking at his head he still looks a little bit babyish so even as a 4YO we are optimistic he will continue to improve and develop.
Speaking with Craig after the race, we agree that at the moment he’s best suited to a mile trip on a nice spacious track and will continue to place him in these races and hopefully keep on winning.
There’s still opportunities to join the stable through one of our purchases at the Inglis Premier sale, a nice speedy Pariah filly.
We’d love to have you involved, and you can find out more here > http://www.blackistonracing.com.au/horse/whatstheplan19