HE’S THE ULTIMATE scored his first win for the stable and took his earnings past the $100,000 mark thanks to a tough win at Doomben.
With blinkers off for the first time at start number three, the son of Fastnet Rock prevailed by the narrowest of margins to bring up a first win with Vandyke Racing for his owners, Ron and Judi Wanless.
His two previous starts had both been at Saturday metropolitan meetings, but the drop back in grade to midweek class worked a charm as HE’S THE ULTIMATE knuckled down to his task to carry his prizemoney to $114,050.
After travelling smoothly the 4YO looked in danger of being trapped on the rail, but jockey Ryan Maloney managed to get him out just in time and HE’S THE ULTIMATE did the rest to score by a head.
“I told Ryan to get there late, he’s the sort of horse that can switch off when he gets the lead,” said David.
“For his best win in Melbourne, he was in a similar position at the 200m mark. He got a bit of a buffering today but he put his head in front right at the end and found the line. That’s our first winner for Ron and Judi who have been big supporters of the stable, so I’m really pleased for them.
“We’ll possibly look to go back to Saturday racing with him, he’s just overdone it at his last two starts which is why we took the blinkers off him today. But now that he’s learned to win, we hope he can keep doing it. He’s bred to get further than the mile, so I’d consider stepping him up to 1800m in time.
“He’s beautifully bred and is a pleasure to have around the place, if we had a stable full of horses like him then I’d have the easiest job in the world.”
Congratulations to Ron and Judi.