Material Man’s Record-Breaking Strickland Stakes Victory

30
Jun

Material Man created WA racing history with his hard-fought win in the Group 3 Strickland Stakes (2000m) at Belmont on Saturday.

Forced to race wide from the 800m after jockey Lucy Warwick opted to go forward when the pace slackened, Material Man held out Pounamu in an enthralling finish.

Extending his unbeaten winter campaign to three straight wins, the Justin Warwick-trained Material Man defeated the fast closing Pounamu by a short-neck

Gatting was just over a length away third.

Material Man became the first horse to win the Belmont Sprint (1400m), Hyperion Stakes (1600m) and Strickland Stakes treble.

The Vital Equine gelding, who started a hot $1.50 favourite, will now be spelled before returning for a shot at the Melbourne spring carnival.

“Lucy had to go when she had to go when they were walking,” Justin Warwick said.

“When your three deep with no cover from the 800m and your main danger is stalking you, I thought he was going to get over us today.

“He is a great horse going well and everyone knows how good Pounamu is.

“We’ve had some good tussles along the way and I’m glad we got our head in front.

“Lucy summed it up pretty well, you’re on the best horse and you keep him clear.

“If you get beat that’s all that you can do.”

Material Man, a winner 14 of 23 starts, gave Warwick the second leg of a riding double after she guided Thunderstrut in the Mumm Champagne Handicap (1000m).

Thunderstrut, who sat on the leaders back, also gave trainer Lindsey Smith a double after Great Again led all the way in a 1300m handicap.

Julio Santarelli