The Hope stable had a good day out at the Shadoways Sprint meeting in Echuca on Sunday with its five-year-old gelding Eramosa winning the $18000 Border Inn Handicap over 1600m.
Well supported by punters Eramosa (who paid $4 on Super Tab) was always in a good position during the race and when they turned for home just needed a sight of any kind of gap — and that appeared even as the field straightened for the run home.
Shannon Hope said jockey Ben Thompson rode a textbook race to always be in touch with the business end of the field and to recognise the opportunity when it presented itself.
‘‘It was a great ride, Ben never panicked and the early speed of the race really helped us,’’ Hope said.
‘‘Eramosa has been running really well without getting there in recent outings and if you think he can be a little tricky to ride, you ought to try training him,’’ he said.
‘‘But he is in good spirit and looks to have pulled up well today so now we will look to push him beyond the mile and find him an 1800m start.
‘‘As it stands now we’ll just race him week to week.’’
Thompson said the horse had needed a few things to go his way — and they all did.
He said once Eramosa reached the 1000m mark he was in a nice rhythm after racing a bit fresh in the first 600m.
‘‘We got him over closer to the fence and once we straightened he was fit and finished off pretty well,’’ Thompson said.
‘‘When we reached 600m to go I saw the favourite not that far away from me but that was when the Hayes horse (Ocean Class) came three deep and opened a nice run off the back of the leaders,’’ he said.
‘‘In the end he was really spot on today, it was great to get the job done for the Hope stable.’’
Eramosa’s last win was nine months ago at Wangaratta but he had been in good form this preparation with a win and two placings after a 22-week spell.