Experiencing a notable amount of support in the hours leading up to the Fannie Bay feature race, South Australia-based stayer Saturday Sorcerer has maintained an impressive final straight sprint to win the 2014 Darwin Cup (2000m).
Jumping from the gates well, jockey Paul Denton immediately steered Saturday Sorcerer to the head of the pack, joining renowned runner Cantonese is setting a fair pace over the back straight.
Finding the final straight with a clear racing line, the Any Given Saturday gelding comfortably spooled up and charged free of his rivals, maintaining a big enough gap to sustain a late charge from minor place-getters Pretty Blonde and Lightinthenite; Cantonese running on for fourth.
Trainer Stuart Gower was understandably thrilled with Saturday Sorcerer’s performance in the 2014 Darwin Cup, laying all the praise on Paul Denton immediately after the race.
“The horse has just peaked and he loves Darwin and Paul has done a sensational job on him,” Gower said.
“I was starting to get worried in the last 50 (metres). He’s gone that hard and he’s just hung on, it was a super run.
“He’s more of a 2000-metre horse and I think he’s still immature.
“Maybe next year, we’ll see an even better horse and hopefully we’ll be back next year.”
Pleased with the way the five-year-old responded to everything that was asked of him, Denton said he enjoys riding in Darwin and on dirt tracks, and believes his knowledge may have proven the difference.
“You have got to know the dirt tracks and I don’t mind riding against them here,” Denton said.
Securing what was without doubt his biggest race win to date in the 2014 Darwin Cup, Saturday Sorcerer has now contested an impressive total of five race wins and eight minor places from just 20 competitive starts, and will be aiming for a third-consecutive race victory when lining up for his next event, having taken out the Sky Racing Metric Mile (1600m) a fortnight ago.
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2014 Darwin Cup Results
|1||7||SATURDAY SORCERER||Stuart Gower||Paul Denton||–||9||55kg||1.0kg||$10|
|2||4||PRETTY BLONDE||Kym Healy||Justin Potter||0.3L||1||56kg||–||$16|
|3||1||LIGHTINTHENITE||Gary Clarke||Richie Oakford||0.4L||3||60kg||–||$11|
|4||3||CANTONESE||Neil Dyer||Blake Shinn||1.9L||10||56kg||–||$6|
|5||9||SMARTY MAC||Dick Leech||Andrew Mallyon||2.9L||7||54.5kg||–||$5F|
|6||5||THE RUFFIAN||Sheila Arnold||Kim Gladwin||5.4L||6||56kg||–||$8|
|7||11||GRAVITATIONAL||Gary Clarke||Dom Tourneur||8.2L||4||54kg||–||$8|
|8||10||SPARTAN EAGLE||Bob Richard||Ms Jan Cameron||10L||5||54kg||–||$18|
|9||2||CONSTANT FORCE||Symon Wilde||Dean Yendall||15.3L||8||57.5kg||–||$31|
|10||6||DIFFERING FORTUNES||Greg Connor||Ms Kacie Connor (a)||16.6L||2||55.5kg||–||$31|
|11||8||ROYAL REQUEST||Neil Dyer||Jarrod Todd||18.1L||11||54.5kg||–||$7.50|
|12||12||THE BIG STEEL||Stephen Brown||Ms Alana Brown (a)||30.1L||12||54kg||–||$26|