Staying mare Sedanzer bounced back into the winner’s stall with a dominant display to take out the Group 2 $300,000 Pages Hire Brisbane Cup (2200m) at Doomben today.
Winning jockey Tim Clark was able to give Sedanzer ($2.80 favourite) a sweet run just off the speed and once he eased her into the clear at the top of the straight, the Sebring mare scooted away to record a comfortable two and a quarter lengths win to the cheers of the punters.
The Stephen Lee trained Anton En Avant ($20) ran up to his last start Doomben win to fill second position while Kiwia ($5) ran another honest race for third.
Sedanzer was lining up for her fourth run this campaign and Clark knew that the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained mare would be rock solid in condition after coming off a last start third from a wide barrier in the Group 3 $125,000 Channel Seven Premier’s Cup (2200m) at Doomben a fortnight ago.
“The barrier’s made a big difference,” Clark said.
“Twelve of thirteen last start here and she had to go way back and her run was super and it was the run of a horse that was always going to be very hard to beat going into the Brisbane Cup.”
“She had a a lovely quiet run early along the inside, they rolled along at a nice genuine tempo and she was to get into a beautiful rhythm.”
“I would have liked to hold her up, She has a really good turn of foot and I had to expose her a bit soon. I was getting caught behind a couple of slow ones and had to pop out, she dragged her way to the front and it was never in doubt.”
Sedanzer has now made it two wins from four starts this campaign following her win two starts back in the Listed $200,000 Scone Cup (1600m) at Scone on May 11.
The Anthony Freedman trained Ambitious ($5) was caught wide for most of the trip and battled on in the straight to fill fourth spot.