The David Hayes and Tom Dabernig-trained He Or She has completed a perfectly timed ride to take out this afternoon’s Group 2 Blamey Stakes (1600m) at Flemington Racecourse.
He Or She was allocated the ideal barrier 4 for his run in the Blamey Stakes and made the most of the draw when jumping well and settling in a good position on the heels of early lead group Kenjorwood, Trust In A Gust and Entirely Platinum.
Rounding onto the final straight with plenty to do, jockey Craig Williams bided his time on the Kendal Star gelding before launching a late assault; overcoming The United States and Stratum Star late.
Williams was pleased with the feel offered up by He Or She in the Blamey Stakes and is confident the horse will return in spring an even great prospect.
“They stepped him back in trip and on paper we didn’t think it would go that fast, but it really did suit him,” Williams said.
“James Winks on the Freedmans’ horse (Guardini) came around me at the top of the straight and I had to be a bit patient because I didn’t have the horse at that stage.
“Late he was really strong. They were very bullish about his chances coming into this race, David was very comfortable in declaring the horse and he’s delivered.
“That was a good win against a really quality field.”
Co-trainer David Hayes was thrilled with He Or She’s performance to win the Blamey Stakes and underlined the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) on Day 1 of The Championships as his final autumn target.
“I just felt the other day he was a bit one-paced and he’s not, so we just freshened him up and go for the mile and then down the Doncaster route,” Hayes said.
“I think the horse we beat today, The United States, is a very good horse and I think this race will become a very good form race.
“They just flew and the two strong horses that were side by side just toughed it out and there wasn’t much in it on the post.”
He Or She has posted an impressive nine wins and three minors through only eighteen career starts to date.