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Mark Kavanagh was left searching for words as he tried to comprehend the significance of the record-breaking win by three-year-old Definitely Ready who was having only his second race start at Sandown.
“I normally have a bit to say but I am gob-smacked,” Kavanagh said after Wednesday’s victory.
Definitely Ready smashed the 55.24s course record held by Poet’s Voice running 55.07s for the 1000 metres on the Hillside circuit in the Over Handicap.
“It is remarkable really,” Kavanagh said.
“I don’t know what to think.”
Definitely Ready won his Adelaide race debut by seven lengths and didn’t let down his fans, which include 100 Facebook followers, with an easy win again at the cramped odds of $1.60.
Well bred Encosta De Lago colt La Bella Encosta, whose dam La Bella Dama won the 2001 Mackinnon Stakes, ran an encouraging race at his debut to finish 1-3/4 lengths away second with Sale maiden winner Beyond Pardon another two lengths away third.
A $140,000 Magic Millions yearling, Definitely Ready is a son of More Than Ready and his emergence to win his first two race starts has been a surprise for the Kavanagh stable.
It was only after blinkers were tried on the colt in a jump-out in Adelaide that he switched on.
“He was showing nothing at home,” Kavanagh said.
“He was a bit crook and didn’t winter real well but he is a different horse now.
“They told me when they sent him over here he’s a machine and maybe they’re right.
“We might give him one or two more runs but we won’t overtax him this preparation.
“He might be all right in the autumn.”
Kavanagh said Definitely Ready was “a character” and that stable staff had taken such a shine to him they had set up a Facebook page for the horse.
For Michael Rodd, Definitely Ready was the right horse at the right time and his first ride since tearing ligaments in a wrist in a track accident two months ago.
He said Definitely Ready lagged out of the barriers but despite having pressure from horses each side of him was able to surge through early and control the race.
Definitely Ready led by up to six lengths but the margin surprised Rodd.
“He really breaks their hearts,” Rodd said.
“I really thought they were two or three lengths behind him but he is such a big strider he is very deceiving and feels like he is going a lot easier that he is.”
He said the fast time may have been flattering as there was a strong tail wind but the gelding had undeniable potential.
“I’m not going overboard on him as it was just 1000 metres but once he gets high-balling he really rolls,” Rodd said.
Rodd’s only other ride at Sandown, Justsay Sumthink, finished third in the Conbituate Lady Hcp (1800m).
The Melbourne Cup winning jockey will now rest up for Saturday when he has Group One rides on Definitely Ready’s stablemates Whobegotyou in the 2009 Underwood Stakes and Raffaello in the 2009 Rupert Clarke Stakes.
Article by Robert Windmill Aapracing