Sweet Ride, who narrowly missed out on victory in his previous outing at The Valley during the Group 3 Red Anchor Stakes on Cox Plate day last October, showcased his trademark speed to secure an impressive win. Trainer Papazaharoudakis believes that Sweet Ride could continue to shine in similar or slightly more challenging races during the spring season.
"He's a nice little horse, a Group 3 winner, Group 2 placing, and a very tough horse," Papazaharoudakis praised, highlighting Sweet Ride's potential.
Jockey Mick Dee skillfully guided Sweet Ride to victory, edging out another Sydney contender, Omni Man, trained by Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott. Perth sprinter Acromantula made an encouraging debut on Melbourne soil, securing third place by a neck from the victor.
Dee attributed Sweet Ride's win to finding the ideal position early in the race. "Once we found our position, all my horse wanted to do was relax and conserve energy," Dee explained, emphasizing the strategic advantage that contributed to the victory.
Looking ahead, races like the Listed Carlyon Stakes at The Valley's 1000m course later this month and the prestigious Group 1 Moir Stakes in September are being considered as potential targets for Sweet Ride.
With Sweet Ride's abundant natural speed, the possibilities seem promising, whether at the current distance or even slightly farther. "He's got plenty of natural speed and whether he sticks at this trip or over further, I think Annabel was over the opinion that 1100m probably sees him out," Dee projected, hinting at a range of opportunities for the promising contender.
As the racing world eagerly anticipates the unfolding spring season, Sweet Ride's recent triumph underlines the potential and excitement that lie ahead for both trainer Annabel Neasham and her formidable team.">