Split rewards Faith in Perth
Aug 22, 2012
The winning margin was only a nose but there could be no denying Split The Faith’s bravery during the mare’s victory in the PR Midweek Roast Package Handicap (1650m) at Belmont.
Apprentice Jordan Mallyon took no prisoners in the early stages of the race, booting Split The Faith across the field to lead after the four-year-old started from barrier 12.
Mallyon set a good gallop on Split The Faith during the early and middle stages to open a big gap on her opposition approaching the home turn.
The Belmont course commentator believed Split The Faith would tire, exclaiming her “petrol gauge looked to be on empty” as she passed the 200 metres but the talented galloper would not be denied over the concluding stages, holding on to pull off a pre-race plan concocted by Noonan’s WA stable foreman Nick Cox.
“I told him (Mallyon) to kick it out of the gates and go to the front. He certainly rode to instructions anyway,” Cox said.
“She won at Ascot very similar to that. That’s the way she races and she has won four races now doing the same thing.
“Unfortunately, you can’t get it that way every race but when she drew wide, there was going to be no trying to get a possie.”
The victory was Split The Faith’s fourth from 11 starts and first over further than 1400 metres.
Split The Faith has now won more than $59,000 in prizemoney with the promise of more to come now she has proven herself over a mile.
© MiStable 2012