The John Thompson Stable have been great supports of Goldners Transported and we are extremely pleased for all the team on Saturday’s performance of Signposted (IRE), winning at Royal Randwick.
Signposted lived up to his name winning the Schweppes Bm80 Handicap (1600m) at Randwick from the front, relishing the heavy 9 conditions for trainer John Thomspon.
Thompson had apprentice Blaike McDougall up, as he had been in three wins for Signposted Horseform coming into the race, bringing his weight down to 58kg and McDougall proceeded to lead the rest of the six horse field on a merry chase.
McDougall sent Signposted to the front from the barriers and from that position he proceeded to control both the tempo, slow, and the rest of the race.
As they swung for the main straight McDougall stepped up the pressure sending Signposted, racing three off the rails, out to a 2L lead and the race was won. Signposted ducked in towards the rails but he was comfortably clear and at the line the margin was 1 1/4L.
Dee I Cee and Tim Clark were second with Oh So Splendido and Jason Collett third, the margin 3/4L.
The time was 1.41,93 with the final 600m in 35.98. Signposted paid $2.70 on fixed odds and $2.60 on the tote as the favourite.
“He is liking his racing on soft tracks and thriving in work and the kid has got him going well. He was a little bit fresh with the four weeks between runs, but he is going well and that is the main thing,” said Thompson.
“We do not do much between runs and he enjoys it and while it is soft I think we will keep going.
“He (McDougall) is a good kid and he is level headed and he does the hard yards at home. He has a good set of hands on him and he will go a long way,” he said.
Thompson said that Signposting did not suit the firmer surfaces in Hong Kong but after a stint in Melbourne he was thriving at Randwick and on the current soft and heavy track conditions. He said that he would keep Signposting to his grades before considering a higher target.
“The horse is flying, he was always going to lead and we got left in front and he did what he does. He feels like we are on a Good 4,” said McDougall.
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