Amazing Star put in a dazzling performance to take the Class 2 Stubbs Handicap (1200m) at Happy Valley tonight (Wednesday, 29 January) and continue the fine form of trainer Jimmy Ting.
The improving five-year-old destroyed his rivals; a fast break to lead, followed by a strong middle section, had them working hard to keep tabs, and a determined drive to the line sealed a length and three-quarter success for the 1.4 favourite.
“He’s been going well this season and he did it the hard way tonight from a wide gate (12),” jockey Zac Purton said. “He had to do some work early and had pressure applied to him again at the 600 (metres) but he kicked away nicely and did a good job.
But while the rider was pleased, he offered a note of caution for the future.
“He didn’t have much left tonight so he needs to come on from that,” he said.
Ting, with eight wins from the last seven race meetings, was a tad taken aback by the manner of Amazing Star’s victory in a time of 1m 08.99s (23.37, 22.04, 23.58).