Sanctify credited Go Racing with their 50th win for the season after a determined effort at Timaru on Friday.
Ridden by Kylie Williams, Sanctify jumped well from the inside gate and settled on the rail just off pacemaker Gas Monkey. Williams moved her mount outside the leader coming out of the turn and ground away to get past Gas Monkey, holding off a late challenge from The Buffer to score by a neck.
“This is the first time we have reached 50 wins for the season,” Go Racing’s Racing Manager Matt Allnutt said. “It’s a great achievement that we are very proud of. It has been a team effort from all our trainers and their staff and the jockeys.”
Sanctify has staved off retirement with the win with her previous lack lustre performances leading connections to consider she had come to the end of her racing career.
“She was on final notice and had to do something today otherwise we would have retired her,” Allnutt said. “She can be a funny horse, she works the house down and is consistently one of the best track workers in Andrew Carston’s stable but she just can’t seem to produce it on raceday.
“Blinkers on today and a superb ride from Kylie to bounce her out of the gates and have her up on the speed throughout played a big part in the win.
“She has a great group of owners who have had to endure a bit of frustration with this horse so it was great to see them rewarded today.”
Raced by the Go Racing Orchestral Syndicate, Sanctify is now likely to target a $22,500 Rating R65 race over 1200m at Oamaru on the 25th of July.
“Based on what she has done today you would like to think she could put in another good performance there,” Allnutt said.
The 2020/21 racing term has been a satisfying one for Go Racing, the 50 wins including Atishu’s two at Listed level and a Group Three placing and Toowoomba Cup win from European import Alward.
The Go Racing team have several chances to take the tally over the half century mark before the season’s end including three runners over the weekend. In form gelding Mubariz lines up at Randwick, while Man of Sinn steps out at Goulburn and Darci’s Flight heads north to Ruakaka.
“Hopefully the winning hasn’t stopped for the season,” Allnutt said. “It is certainly very satisfying to pick up our 50th winner and you could say it is a great reason to celebrate on a Friday.”