The trainer-jockey combination of Rhys Radford and Craig Staples have enjoyed some well-deserved success at Belmont Park this afternoon, with Son Of Bacchus taking out the Glenroy Chaff Handicap (1700m).
The pair have spent much of the past month working out how to defeat star duo Galaxy Star and Gatting with Railway Stakes winner Great Shot throughout the recent Weight-For-Age series with no luck.
However, their fortunes changed this afternoon with a three-year-old that carries the same colours as the Group 1 winner.
The gelding had performed admirably against some well-credentialed three-year-olds this campaign including Western Pride and Flower Of War, while he finished fourth behind Friar Fox against the older horses at his most recent outing.
The son of Playing God was having his first try beyond a mile today and Staples took up the lead with him from the inside barrier.
Son Of Bacchus didn’t have the easiest time in front with William Pike settling race favourite Serenity Bay to his outside.
The Grant and Alana Williams-trained Serenity Bay hit the front momentarily in the home straight, but Son Of Bacchus dug deep to score by a length.
Radford said he wanted to try something different and lead with Son Of Bacchus at a trip he believed would be to his liking.
“Looking at him last prep, he just wasn’t hitting the line properly,” he said.
“Earlier in the prep we wanted to sit him back a bit and give him something to chase.
“It hasn’t really worked to well.
“Back in front today and away we went.”
Despite being beaten by Son Of Bacchus aboard Serenity Bay, it was still a successful day in the saddle for Pike, who piloted Regal Magic, Fairy Fast and Sugar Cain to victory.
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Meanwhile, trainer Neville Parnham said he would look to send Perceive back to Saturday company, following her win in the Old Mates Sports Bar Handicap (1300m).
The filly, who had a taste of blacktype racing in the Group 3 Champion Fillies Stakes in the spring, broke through for a maiden win first-up this campaign, before she scored her second win today.
In similar circumstances to Son Of Bacchus, the three-year-old filly led and then fought off her rivals in the home straight to score a comfortable victory.
Parnham said he had high hopes for the daughter of Magnus.
“I think she’s a promising type of horse,” he said.
“It’s taken a bit of time to mature a little bit.
“I really like the Magnus stock and she’s out of a half-sister to Scales Of Justice, which is what attracted me to the horse.
“She will run 1400 or a mile I’m pretty confident in time.”