In a similar pattern to her last preparation, Sorenata produced an excellent performance second-up after a decent spell to win her third race and take her earnings to almost $60,000.
After her solid, workmanlike third placing at Ballarat in early April, Nigel and connections stepped Sorenata up to the 1900m distance at Kilmore and back to BM58 grade. She is a mare of good size and strength, so there was little concern about the 59.5kg she was asked to carry (after her 2kg mares allowance). She has always shown ability as she steps up to this distance range, and combined with some nice cushion in the Good4 surface at Kilmore she was sent out a $3 favourite and duly saluted.
Craig Robertson has been riding quite a bit for the stable for a number of years, so was given the task on this daughter of Mastercraftsman (IRE) at Kilmore.
The early speed in the bet365 Protest Payout Handicap allowed Craig to settle Sorenata second last in the small field of 7. Awkwardly placed at one point between runners, Craig made his move as soon as a gap opened. Sorenata took it and made a run four-wide up the centre of the straight to run down the leader first and then edge past the eventual second horse Snake Cavern.
“It was a good effort second up. She is a big mare that runs well fresh, but there is still more to come in terms of fitness. So I was thrilled with how she made a long run uphill at Kilmore and fought on for the win.” – Nigel
There are a couple of race options for Sorenata in May, over 2000-2200m. She has proven herself before at this distance, winning over 2260m at Geelong. So we think she will again be competitive in BM64 grade and perhaps progress higher this preparation.
Congratulations to connections led by Managing Lessee Ian Lewis, both in Australia and New Zealand: Ian and Karyn Lewis, Michael Reeves, Scott Dutson, Tony Doyle, Sean Doyle, Simon Farrell, Michael Minfa, Kate Solomon, Margaret Solomon, Chris Solomon, Deb and Gerry Ong, Peter Latoszynski and owner/breeder Pat Lowry.