Things did not go all his way but three-year-old Into Orbit has proven he is a promising colt with a narrow but impressive win at Sandown.
Into Orbit missed the start in Wednesday’s Thebigscreencompany.com.au Handicap (1000m) for three-year-olds but the $1.85 favourite still managed to win by a neck.
“You don’t very often miss the kick by a couple of lengths and then end up winning the race,” co-trainer Wayne Hawkes said.
“Normally it’s game over.
“It was just his class that got him there.”
Jockey Dwayne Dunn has a high opinion of Into Orbit, who was having just his second race start on Wednesday after winning by 4-1/2 lengths at Pakenham in August, but said the youngster was still not the finished article.
Dunn said after the slow start Into Orbit copped a bump from another horse early in the race and reacted.
“Ben Thompson (on Alaskan Sun) gave him a decent bang and then my horse wanted to savage him, as if to say ‘why did you do that for’,” Dunn said.
The jockey said Into Orbit also over-raced into the home bend, but the colt then got himself into a winning position in the blink of an eye early in the straight as he sprinted between runners.
“He quickened beautifully and went from nowhere to being in front, and got there too soon,” Dunn said.
“To bomb the start and then make two runs, it was a super effort from a young horse.
“Obviously 1400 metres to a mile is where he’s probably going to be at his best and he’s just got to learn his trade a little bit.
“He’s just got to do a few more things right once he gets to the big league.
“I’ve got a pretty big opinion of him and I think today proved it.”
Into Orbit defeated Gwenneth who stuck on for second after leading with DEal Master another length third.
A minor protest from Brandon Stockdale on fourth-placed Scappare against Gwenneth’s jockey Ethan Brown was dismissed.