PETER Moody’s patience with well bred stayer Bazzabeel is starting to pay off.
Bazzabeel surges away from its rivals to win the Yalumba Handicap. Picture: PETER WEAVING
The champion trainer has been forced to take things slowly with Bazzabeel because of a string of muscle related injuries.
On Wednesday at Bendigo the five-year-old showed his class by leading all the way to win the Yalumba Benchmark 70 by five lengths.
With Luke Nolen in the saddle, Bazzabeel ($2.20 fav.)crossed straight to the front and never looked like being run down.
Cadel Triomphe ($3.40) ran on well from last to finish second, while Denoninator ($8) was a gallant third.
Bazzabeel has only had six starts for three wins and two second placings.
Moody said Bazzabeel would go out for a spell and return in the autumn with staying races the Adelaide Cup and Sydney Cup the likely targets.
“The further the better for this horse,’’ Moody said.
“He’s had a lot of muscular issues that we’ve had to work on over the years.
“We’ve given him plenty of time to get right.
“He’s had three runs back from a long spell. Now we’ll send him out for a break again because we don’t want to break him.
“He’s the the type of horse that could bob up in an Adelaide or Sydney Cup.”
Meanwhile, apprentice Ben Thompson guided Sir Mask to an upset victory in the final event of the day, the Stride Events Benchmark 64 Handicap.
Sir Mask ($18) was unwanted in betting, but he proved too strong for leader Johnny Roo Boy ($4.70).
Thompson’s four kilogram claim proved to be the difference in the concluding stages.
Johnny Roo Boy gave the winner five-and-a-half kilograms at the weights and was only beaten a head.
Sir Mask, trained at Mornington by Dean Binaisse, recorded its second win from just six career starts.
“Now that he wants to race just off the speed, and with his sharp turn of foot, I thought this track would suit him,’’ Binaise said.
Thompson was impressed with Sir Mask’s effort.
“He is the sort of horse where he needs things to go right for him,’’ Thompson said.
“With the pace from Johnny Roo Boy it did look a good race for him.
“He was able to work into the race well and finished it off nicely.”
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