The best of Senta De Noche is almost a distant memory for trainer Kris Lees but the injury-riddled sprinter showed he still has something to offer after winning at Warwick Farm.
“He was going to be a very good horse 18 months ago but he’s had a lot of issues,” Lees said.
“I think he was five (years old) before he started racing. He’d been to Hong Kong and back and then he won his first four races for me.
“Even though he has won today I don’t think he will be as good as he should have been.”
Senta De Noche ($9.50) fought hard to get the better of odds-on favourite Alberto Magic in the Drummond Golf Handicap on Wednesday.
There was more work to do before he was declared the winner with apprentice Taylor Marshall protesting against fellow junior rider Yusuke Ichikawa, claiming two incidents of interference in the straight.
But after a short hearing, Marshall’s protest was dismissed with acting chief steward Greg Rudolph telling the young rider: “It was always an optimistic objection you raised.”
Senta De Noche’s victory brought up a double for Lees who has Lucia Valentina in winning form ahead of her major spring mission in the Caulfield Cup on Saturday week.
Earlier, the Lees-trained Onemorezeta overcame immaturity to claim the Time To Shop At TAB Handicap, her second victory in three starts.
For the second metropolitan meeting in a row, two of Sydney’s biggest stables have produced a dead-heat when the Chris Waller-trained Hollywood Bound and Godolphin’s Terai couldn’t be separated in the More Than Ready Handicap.
It’s was Waller’s second dead-heat in three days after Redoutable Heart shared a Randwick race with the Gai Waterhouse-trained Big Clipper on Monday.
Hollywood Bound made the running until Terai made a late lunge, ensuring a long delay before the judge declared the result.
“Live, I thought he held on but on the replay I thought we got beaten,” Waller’s racing manager Liam Prior said.
Hollywood Bound was ridden by James McDonald while Sam Clipperton wore Godolphin’s famous blue colours.
“Something is better than nothing,” Clipperton said.