$501 in Bonus Bets
Get your first bet matched with up to $501 in bonuses*
$500 Matched Deposit
Sign-up and get your first deposit matched with up to $500 in bonus bets*
$500 Matched Deposit
Sign-up and get your first deposit matched with up to $500 in bonus bets*
$500 Matched Deposit
Sign-up and get your first deposit matched with up to $500 in bonus bets*
* All Offers and Promotions posted in this article exclude NSW residents.
Observational has had a barnstorming run to win the Golden Mile for a second time

Two years after winning the Golden Mile in his first Australian start, import Observational has had a barnstorming run to win the Listed race at Bendigo for a second time.

Observational had not won since his 2015 win and has changed stables and ownership from the Macedon Lodge team of prominent owner Lloyd Williams to trainer John Sadler.

Clients of Sadler bought the horse from the Williams team last spring.

Saturday’s Golden Mile (1600m) was the gelding’s fourth start for the Caulfield trainer, with no placings in his previous three.

“He had me wondering, this horse,” Sadler said.

“But we sharpened him up with a little bit of jumping and sort of brought his work back to sharp sprints rather than the longer work, and it paid dividends today.”

Sadler said jockey Craig Newitt rode the six-year-old gelding according to plan by dragging him back early and getting to the outside in the straight.

Observational who was sent out at $17 with Sportsbet was third last in the big field but finished strongly on the outside to beat Jacquinot Bay ($26) by a long neck, with War Legend ($6) a head away in third.

Favourite Burning Front led the field and was gallant in the straight, finishing fourth.

Sadler praised his jockey son Tom for his work with the gelding but he was unable to ride Observational on Saturday as he did not get his weight, paving the way for Newitt.

“His run first-up in the Cranbourne Cup was really good and full credit to Tommy and John, they assured me that he was pretty much spot on for today. He just needed the tempo,” Newitt said.

“And when that was there, I was pretty happy a long way out.”

Sadler said the owners had shown patience since buying the horse last year.

“This horse is not a Melbourne Cup horse, obviously, but he’s a handy horse and we bought him for reasonable money,” he said.

“It was a big thrill to win the race today.”

Sadler will take Observational to the Easter Cup (2000m) at Caulfield next and if he is effective at that distance, he plans to then step him up again to have a crack at the Warrnambool Cup.

 
$500 Matched Deposit
Sign-up and get your first deposit matched with up to $500 in bonus bets*
  • DEPOSIT $50
    start betting
    with
    $250*
    CLAIM NOW
  • first bet
    matched
    up to
    $501*
    CLAIM NOW
  • DEPOSIT $50
    start betting
    with
    $200*
    CLAIM NOW
  • first deposit
    matched
    up to
    $500*
    CLAIM NOW
* All Offers and Promotions posted in this article exclude NSW residents.
Featured News

Over $5,000 in Bonus Free Bets

Just Horse Racing provides readers with the best Free Bet offers available at every online bookmaker in Australia during the...

Top 10: Worst Bets Of 2017

We saw plenty of big bets get placed this year although there were ten bets which really stood out to...

Bet to win $520,000 placed on unraced Golden Slipper contender

A punter has placed a massive bet of $20,000 on an unraced Golden Slipper contender at huge odds of $26....

Ef Troop storms into Magic Millions Classic favouritism

Ef Troop will go into the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic with a strong endorsement from trainer Tony Gollan...

Crack Me Up wins Group Two Villiers Stakes

Queensland trainer Liam Birchley has exacted revenge for being beaten in a tight finish to the Villiers Stakes almost a...

 
 
 
Copyright © 2017 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved.

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.