A delicate gear change has helped Desert Man win the TAB Class three Plate in file time at Doomben.
Ridden by in-form apprentice Stephanie Thornton, Desert Man clocked a superb 59.21 seconds on Saturday, decreasing the category file by 0.43 seconds, and was solely 0.37 seconds outdoors the observe file set by Magic Tens of millions winner Houtzen.
Coach Kelly Schweida determined to take the tongue-tie off the seven-year-old following a glowing jump-out win at Eagle Farm final week.
“We jumped him out on Tuesday and took the tongue-tie off, first time ever, and it put 5 – 6 lengths on him,” Schweida stated.
“The best way he went in that leap out I believed he’d run effectively at the moment.
“Final begin he had blinkers on for the primary time and was very sluggish away so the plan at the moment was to verify he pinged out of the gates and the younger girl rode him completely.”
Thornton allowed Desert Man, who was backed from $19 into $11, to bowl alongside in entrance reeling off good sectionals of 32.34 seconds for his last 600m, with 400m and 200m splits of 21.72 seconds and 11.17 seconds.
The gelding powered to the road 6-1/2 lengths away from the $2.90 favorite Soxagon, with The Tenor ($8.50), a stablemate of the winner three quarters of a size away third.