The Ascot Rewind: Ima Single Man In Amelia Park Karrakatta Plate Upset

4
Apr

THE WINNERS

  • Cliffs Of Comfort (Dan & Ben Pearce-Chris Graham).
  • Last Of The Line (Stephen Miller-Ryan Hill).
  • Indian Chant (Peter Fernie-Mitch Pateman).
  • Kramden (Dennis Couper-Beau Banovic Edwards).
  • Volkswagon Frank (Justin Warwick-Clint Johnston-Porter).
  • Lorentinio (Jim Taylor-Chloe Azzopardi).
  • Media Baron (David Harrison-Paul Harvey).
  • Ima Single Man (Chis Gangemi-Jordan Turner).
  • Red Can Man (Steve Wolfe-Shaun McGruddy).

TRAINER

  • Not often contending for Perth’s richest race for two-year-olds, Chris Gangemi won his first Karrakatta Plate with Ima Single Man.
  • The picnic form is holding up for Dennis Couper. After scoring a runaway win at Kojonup last month, the fancied rivals couldn’t get near his gelding Kramden. The six-year-old jumped quickly and was never caught. It gave Couper his first Ascot win in six years and continued a good patch of form for apprentice Beau Banovic-Edwards.

JOCKEY

  • Jordan Turner joined his dad, Troy, on the Amelia Park Karrakatta Plate honour roll with a positive and assertive ride on Ima Single Man.

WIN OF THE DAY

  • Ima Single Man surprised rivals and punters with an upset win in the Group 2 Amelia Park Karrakatta Plate (1200m). Sent out a $12.10 chance on the tote, the Gingerbread Man gelding fought on strongly to defeat Watch Me Dance in a thrilling finish after being shot out of barrier 10 by Jordan Turner to sit outside of the leader and $1.50 favourite, Gemma’s Son. He was a late arrival to the juvenile ranks, but is now two from two after his mid week debut last month.

OLD COMRADE STAKES.

  • What a major turn-around for Media Baron. Once considered somewhat of a bridesmaid he is now a proven winner, reeling off five wins from his past six starts. Trainer David Harrison was keen to test the five-year-old at Listed level and gauge Ascot carnival hopes later in the year. He might have got his answer.

WINNING FAVOURITES

  • Cliffs Of Comfort: $2.40.
  • Last Of The Line: $3.40.
  • Media Baron $3.30.

BEATEN FAVOURITES

  • Gates Of Babylon: $1.90.
  • Bedouin Belle: $3.90.
  • Picture Perfect $2.40.
  • Sherpa Lass $4.00.
  • Gemma’s Son $1.50
  • Laverrod $2.20.

HORSES TO FOLLOW

Did we get to witness the emergence of a trio of up and coming three-year-olds?

  • Cliffs Of Comfort is shaping as a real beauty for Dan & Ben Pearce. Not bad for a horse who is lucky to be racing after his setbacks. He went out hard, absorbed pressure, gave a kick in the straight and stopped the clock at 1:03:60 for the 1100m. The 3YO has now racked up three wins in a row and remains undefeated.
  • Soon after in race two Last Of The Line stamped his authority, making the step-up from last Saturday’s maiden victory look easy. The son of Blackfriars is green and raw and doing it in second gear, but is stacked with ability. Unbeaten in two he continues a resurgence of form for his trainer Stephen Miller.
  • Red Can Man is a serious talent that is building a nice profile. By the same sire as Ima Single Man (Gingerbread Man), the exciting three-year-old gave trainer Steve Wolfe and jockey Shaun McGruddy some consolation after stable mate Watch Me Dance went so close in the Karrakatta Plate.

WHAT HAPPENED?

  • Raging Amelia Park Karrakatta Plate favourite Gemma’s Son tasted defeat for the first time when it mattered most. After jumping to the front he was under pressure from the 200m and weakened to fourth.
  • Platoon’s autumn campaign has come to a winless end. The four-year-old was in a perfect position to have an impact in the Old Comrade Stakes, but couldn’t finish the race off. He’ll have a good break in the paddock.
  • Sherpa Lass suffered her first loss and was well beaten behind Lorentinio. There were signs she was not on her game when fractious behind the barriers and she returned with an elevated heart rate and was showing signs of being mildly lame in the off-fore.
  • Laverrod didn’t get a lot of galloping room until the last 100m.

FASTEST 600m

  • Tycoon Legend ran 33.46 in the final race.

BIGGEST WINNING MARGIN

  • Kramden: 3 lengths.

LONGEST-PRICED WINNER

  • Kramden: $17.10 $4.00

SHORTEST-PRICED WINNER

  • Cliffs Of Comfort: $2.40

JULIO SANTARELLI