EMERGING apprentice Damien Thornton continued to make an impact as he partnered Streets Of Seattle to an all the way win in the Legatee
Brian ’Lucky’ Luscombe Plate today at Caulfield.
Thornton showed initiative as he took Streets Of Seattle to the front then increased the tempo at the 800 metres to ensure it suited the
Streets Of Seattle responded to defy the challenges from Bia Diamond, the $1.95 favourite, and Aliyana, the $2.90 second favourite to win
The six-year-old, a drifter from $6 to $9, comfortably held her rivals to win by one and a quarter lengths from Bia Diamond with a
half-length to Aliyana, third.
It was Thornton’s eighth win in the metropolitan area and his third at Caulfield in the past two weeks.
Thornton said he decided to hold out Hold For Applause, which made an early bid for the lead, then followed the instructions of trainer
John Moloney who said to let the mare roll from the midway point.
“Coming into the race there was no speed, so I decided to be positive,” Thornton said.
“The Gauch (Darren Gauci) came across to lead, but I decided not to let him and we were then able to control the race nicely.
“At the half mile (sic 2400 metres), I just kept increasing as she is more a 2400 metre horse. She kept rolling, she was too strong.”