Grinding to a Halt the fast favourite
GARY Subratie's United States-bred filly, GRINDING TO A HALT, has shown sufficient signs of improvement at exercise and in her last race to beat a dozen rivals at 2000 metres in tomorrow's eighth event.
The three-year-old filly debuted October 17, quietly fancied at 6-1, going 1400 metres. Taking on experienced local-breds, she was outsped in splits dominated by speedy BONGO KING, who was caught close home by fast-finishing ORIGINAL TRAIN.
Stepped up at exercise by Subratie 11 days later, GRINDING TO A HALT clocked a decent 1:16.0 for six furlongs and returned fitted with a figure eight for her second outing, November 4.
With a run under her girth, a speed gallop and change of equipment, GRINDING TO A HALT was again outsped by BONGO KING but performed far better at a mile - as her breeding suggests she should.
She raced third behind BONGO KING and ABBEY ROAD down the backstretch and turned for home eight lengths fourth, relegated by TWILIGHT CITIZEN on the turn after being forced to run wide off the turn.
In the stretch run, she stayed on to finish fourth, five and a half lengths behind TWILIGHT CITIZEN in a vastly improved showing, suggesting tomorrow's extra two furlongs will pose no problems against questionable stayers.
Sired by top United States stallion Scat Daddy, GRINDING TO A HALT should give the jockey-trainer combination of Subratie and Omar Walker a double. The duo also has a grand chance with ANGEL STAR in the sixth event for maidens.