New Zealand’s number one jockey James McDonald wrapped up an early Randwick double with Single Style in the Listed $100,000 Brookfield Multiplex Keith Mackay Quality (1200m).
McDonlad who took out the first on the Clarry Conners trained Dear Demi had to ride hard over the final stages to get Single Style ($6.50) home in a tight photo finish over the short priced favourite Driefontein ($2.60 fav) who was also under the whip from Tommy Berry.
Berry moved away from the fence on Driefontein in the early part of the straight with McDonald moving up on her outside and the pair fought it out right to the line.
Trainer Gary Portelli will now send Single Style for a well deserved break after scoring her second win from three starts.
“I thought at the weights we had a show against Driefontein, particularly if it was dry, but when it was wet I knew this filly could get through it but she really doesn’t like it. For her to win in these conditions today makes plenty of upside to her,” Portelli said.
“Driefontein is one of the top fillies and no doubt she will line up in the Spring and she’ll be the horse to beat wherever she goes.”
“She’ll have a well earned spell. It’s her first preparation, she’s won a black type race now and we’ll work out where we go from here.”
After all the talk of the prospect of a bog track today after heavy rain earlier in the week, Randwick was upgraded to a Slow 6 after the running of the second race after being rated a heavy 8 at the start of the day.