Arbeitsam has easily justified his resounding favouritism at Hawkesbury Racecourse this afternoon; leading from start to finish to record a comfortable win in the Listed Rowley Mile (1600m).
The Snitzel gelding firmed into Rowley Mile odds of $1.40 prior to jump this afternoon and was immediately led to the fore of the field by jockey Tim Clark after a seamless start; setting a reasonable tempo for his nine rivals.
Enjoying a carefree run on pace, Arbeitsam was allowed plenty of time to balance upon arriving in the final straight and responded with a big turn of foot when he was asked for an extra effort; extending to find the line two lengths in the clear of Kingsguard, Reiby The Red boxing on well to finish third.
Co-trainer Adrian Bott was on hand for Arbeitsam’s impressive win in the Rowley Mile and revealed that the horse could back up in next week’s Listed Wyong Cup (2100m).
“Delighted to get that win for the horse and for the owners as well,” Bott said.
“Tim just took his time from the wide draw, he showed the early speed that we thought he would and he was able to take his time getting across to the front.
“He was steady enough in the mid-stages when the pressure went on and he built into it nicely and showed a good turn of foot at the top of the straight, and was strong enough to hold on.
“Great effort from the horse again dropping back in trip, it just showed his diversity and he’s a really progressive horse.
“We’ll see how he pulls up today, but we’ve still got another race in mind. We’re thinking about backing him up in the Wyong Cup next week, but we’re very mindful of how long he’s been up this campaign.”
Clark delivered a gem of a ride aboard Arbeitsam to be crowned the Rowley Mile winner and was pleased with the performance mustered by the horse in the success.
“He got into a good rhythm,” Clark said after dismounting.
“He’s had a long preparation and some pretty hard racing and whether or not we saw the best of him, I’m not sure, but he’s still tough enough and fought it out strongly.
“When you ride him, he always feels like he’s got a bit more to give. Even when he’s been winning by good margins, it feels as though if something comes to him, he’d respond.
“He dug deep and has come a long way this preparation. He was battling to break through on a Saturday, but now he’s won three Saturday races and now a Listed race, so he’s done a remarkable job.”
Arbeitsam has posted a career total of six wins and five minors through only thirteen competitive starts to date.