In a noteworthy performance at Randwick, the five-year-old gelding Satness secured a convincing victory for trainers Robert and Luke Price, marking the return of jockey Brock Ryan to metropolitan success following a five-month hiatus due to a shoulder injury.
The durable progeny of Sweynesse enjoyed an impeccable ride positioned just behind the leader and displayed unwavering determination late in the race, successfully fending off challenges from fellow Kiwi-breds Elettrica and Loving Cilla.
Luke Price expressed his satisfaction, saying, “It's great for Brock; he gave him a lovely ride. We drew a nice barrier to get a soft run, but full credit to the horse; he is just so tough.”
He went on to explain that Satness had been in training for an extended period and had a brief respite after an outing at Rosehill, but the horse didn't take well to the break.
“There is a race on Golden Eagle Day – the Four Pillars – it might really suit him, depending on whether I can keep him up for that much longer.
“We can send him down to the farm for a few days in between, and it could be a good goal, but he will tell us.”
Brock Ryan, relishing his return to the winner's circle at Randwick, expressed his satisfaction with his mount's valiant effort.
“They put on a good clip early, and my horse started to get up on the bridle at the top of the straight,” Ryan explained.
“I was able to get off the leader's heels and work into it when I wanted to. He was game late, and I felt vulnerable at the 100m, but once that horse got to me, he found again.”