Extra distance brings victory for Random

Sep 19, 2012

A jump to the mile helped lightly-raced four-year-old Random broke through for his first win as a resident of the Toby Edmonds stable in the Turner Freeman Lawyers Maiden (1600m) at Doomben.

Random started his career in Victoria where he never raced beyond 1300 metres before the son of Fastnet Rock headed north to join the Gold Coast-based stable.

A step into the unknown paid dividends with a strong second over 1350 metres at Doomben on September 5 before a further rise in distance proved enough for Random to post his first win.

Jockey Glen Colless let Random find his feet worse than midfield on the inside fence for the first 800 metres but the quiet ride threatened to come unstuck when the horse was stuck behind a tiring runner for a few strides at the 500 metres.

Colless eased Random around the slow runner before improving into the race to be close enough to the leaders early in the straight.

Random pounced on the leaders at the 200 metres but had to fight off the Patinack Farm runner Heater over the concluding stages to score by a short half-head.

The first two horses home streeted the rest of the field in the $17,000 race with the third horse, Proud Warrior, finishing another 4-1/4 lengths away.

Random has the scope to develop into a handy staying prospect during his four-year-old season. The $200,000 yearling purchase is a grand-son of the Group 1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) winner Candide and hails from the same family as stakes-winning stayers Philosophe and Men At Work.

Random’s dam Nena Candida is a half-sister to Hong Kong Group 1 winner Billion Win as well as the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) winner Nadeem.

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