Feb 07, 2014
Aggressive tactics paid off for the talented stayer Aggregator at Caulfield on Wednesday, the six-year-old at only his third run this time in recording a hard-fought victory in the 2412m Alannah Hill Handicap.
Drifting back to second last, the bay was given a dig by Luke Nolen at the 800m – circling the field in an attempted to pinch the race. Unfortunately by the 600m he was three wide outside the leaders who kicked up at the same time.
He was not to be denied however and – after the leader along the rails kicked from the turn – Aggregator really knuckled down to this task, finding the lead close to home and holding off a late challenge from a fast-finishing Proper Madam.
In doing so Aggregator recorded the fourth win of his 24 start career, one that has seen him amass in excess of $127,000 in stakes.
A consistent galloper who really hits his form over staying trips, the son of Don Eduardo has now won twice at metropolitan level having been successful at Moonee Valley at about the same time last year.
Raced by Kevin Matthews, Michael Russell, Paul Lewis, Steven Heavey, Chris Vitale, Frank Taddeo, John Rowlands, Ian Maccallum, Develop & Invest Racing No.3 (manager Andrew Brumby) and Legend All Stars (manager Maeve O'Neill), Aggregator was a $NZ100,000 purchase at the 2009 New Zealand Ready to Run Sale.
Bred for the ground he is getting, Aggregator is a half-brother to the New Zealand Oaks heroine Jungle Rocket.
Congratulations go to Luke Nolen who enjoyed his first metropolitan success for the year, back in form after a five week break over the Christmas holidays.