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BRAVE BARTHELONA TRIUMPHS AT SANDOWN

A wide draw proved no barrier to Barthelona who proved too good for his rivals in Wednesday’s Benchmark 70 Handicap over 1400m at Sandown.

Having raced close to the lead from his wide barrier, Barthelona found plenty in the home straight to defeat Plus Effronte by three-quarters of a length.

Mike Moroney utilised the claim of Jack Martin to reduce Barthelona’s weight and praised the apprentice for his ride.

“I thought Jack did the right thing by going forward which was what we planned,” Moroney said.

“Then he was able to get a breather in and waited for as long as he could before asking the horse for an effort.

“I thought the horse quickened up well and it was a nice win, especially stepping up to 1400m for the first time.

“He didn’t get all the favours but it was a good, strong win and it looks like the 1400 is an ideal trip for him.”

Moroney said he is likely to keep the son of Zoffany at the distance for the foreseeable future.

“He’s coming of age now - we’ve been a bit patient with him but now he’s gotten over the gelding I think he’s going to reward us,” Moroney said.

“He’s gotten stronger and I do think there is more to come.”

Barthelona was purchased as a yearling by Paul Moroney at the Inglis Classic sale for $50,000 and has now earned Mr G J P Van Ameyden, Mr P J Brown, Mr D J Mckee, Mr T R Askew, Mr M G Askew, Mr P J Reeves, Mr O M Jackson, Ms S J Nuttall, Mr G J Sharp, Mr N Collinson, Mrs Y Collinson, Mr A Sharp, Mr D H Mikhail, Mr B L Page more than $162,000.

[16 May 18]

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