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Special reward for the rejuvenation sprinter who scored a second win on the Summer List with a super performance in Carrington Staking, let coach Kris Lees think about his next move.
With a light maximum weight of 59kg, the six-year-old emerged from the halfway straight and sprinted in clear to beat Through The Cracks a short distance with No Compromise stayer running a daring first run, one short half still owed.
After a slump last year, Special Rewards’ career seemed to be at a crossroads but Lees said he never gave up hope the Group 3 double-winner could turn things around.
“We don’t lose faith because he’s been working really well at home, so it’s not a big surprise and it’s good to see some stability,” Lees said.
“He had a bit of a lull for twelve months but he found his form again.
“It was gratifying to see him win because he was bought (from Western Australia) with a decent amount coming to us and he won over a million dollars.
“He’s gaining weight, so we’re going to think about that and pull him out at some stage because he likes a little bit of a concession.”
Glyn Schofield partners with Special Rewards for Razor Sharp Handicap won in December and reunited with him to add Saturday’s 1400-meter feature.
In between, the horse finished runner-up in the Christmas Classic at Canterbury and Schofield said the horse’s passion for horse racing has been reawakened.
“Credit to Kris, this old horse, he got him in a good mind,” Schofield said.
“He just wanted to be in the races and he wanted to compete, which is very important for these older horses, especially a horse like him to have found his form and found the dojo again. mine.
“I put him under a little more pressure today and I’m happy to see him really responding and finding my way.”
Purple Sector was well supported to start a $3.40 fancy bet that failed to pull the winning punch, ending in fourth.
The Randwick encounter was a hit for Tim Clark, who test-drives three winners from just five rides, opens his account on Silent Impact for Tulloch Lodge and adds a couple on Godolphin as Plymstock and Lackeen.
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