Swiss Aces It

Sep 22, 2017

Both of our winners at Pakenham on Thursday were bred in New Zealand, the second leg of our winning double - Swiss Moments - winning at debut at Pukekohe last spring.

Making her local debut in early August, the daughter of Oakleigh Plate winner Swiss Ace struck heavy going at her first two local outings and was not at her best despite having won on a slow surface in New Zealand.

But, having worked well on the synthetic surface, she made the switch and it proved a winning move at her third run for the preparation.

And a big win it was, the lightly raced five-year-old getting back and spotting her rivals several lengths straightening... not looking much of a chance as late as the 100m.

But she really let go over the final stages, diving late to secure a determined victory.

"She is a bit of a lazy horse," jockey Beau Mertens said, "she does it all very casually and I didn't know if she was going to leave it too late to get through her gears but she timed it just perfectly!"

Stable representative Julius Sandhu was delighted with the win - "we had expected her to go well at her two previous starts as she had trialled well on the heavy. She did a lot right in her trials which gave us the confidence that she had brought her New Zealand form with her."

"But we made the switch to synthetic and rode her cold to see if she could show what she showed in New Zealand and she did - she likes to be ridden that way and she has got a really good turn of foot."

"She worked on the synthetic after those two runs," Mertens said, "and she went really well so we came here confident."

A half-sister to the stakes placed Time Warp and the eight times winner Vivaldi's Gone, Swiss Moments is out of the two times winning Kreisler mare Scalpay whose dam is the Gr.3 placed Black Lace from the family of Group winners Groucho, Count To Zero, Onceuponatime, Scarlet Runner and Gallery Level.