Back-To-Back For Masquerade


Masquerade has continued a hot run of form, taking out the Purslowe & Chipper Funerals Handicap (1000m) at Ascot on Saturday.

The circumstances were of today’s $70,000 event were a lot different to his first-up run on May 5, conceding Finally French 2kg who finished second to Masquerade a fortnight ago.

The drop back from 1200m to 1000m was also no concern for Masquerade, who was able to display an electric turn of foot in the concluding stages.

A half brother to Battle Hero, Masquerade showed he could have a prosperous career ahead of him like his more famed relation, taking his career record to four wins from six starts.

Outsider Classic Chant set a steady tempo at the front of the field, with Finally French settling behind the leader, while Masquerade was able to settle behind the favourite.

Finally French claimed the leaders at the 200m and looked to have the race in his keeping, before Masquerade unleashed a strong finishing burst for jockey William Pike to win by a nose in a tight photo finish.

Owner Bob Peters said he thought Masquerade and fallen just short of winning, and indicated today’s win could mark the end of his campaign.

“He might be a little bit better than what we thought,” he said.

“He carried the extra weight today and still beat that horse (Finally French) who is a very good horse.

“There’s not a lot of him, I’ll have a look at him.

“He might have to go out now.”

Despite Finally French’s defeat, it was still a prosperous day for trainers Robert and Todd Harvey, who had smart two-year-old Black Sabbath make it two wins from as many starts to begin his career.

The Blackfriars gelding raced keenly in the early stages, but lived up to his billing as a $1.22 favourite and recorded a comfortable win by almost two lengths.

Tim Walker




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