We took Amortise to Sandown Park on Wednesday for his second start and he gave his owners a big thrill by winning convincingly.
Our task was made easier by the favourite being withdrawn at the barrier but I do believe, the way Amortise won over 1800 metres, that he would have won anyway. Chad Schofield gave our horse a lovely ride, waiting until into the home straight before presenting him.
Amortise is a big, rangy son of Desert King who still has a lot to learn and Chad helped him, gradually asking him him to lengthen and once Amortise hit the rising ground and with an encouraging smack he ran to the front 100 metres out, coming away to win easily by three and a half lengths.
This was very pleasing to say the least. Blackiston Racing put the partnership together to buy this horse on behalf of Verena Merry, who bred Amortise and who remains in his ownership.
A more deserving group of owners it would be hard to find and there were some very excited faces waiting to greet Amortise, which is how racing should be.
As I said, Amortise is very much a work in progress and we are not in a hurry. There is a 2000 metre race at Flemington in two weeks time that might suit but we will see how Amortise comes out of this race and make a decision from there.