With a performance that wound back the clock to previous eras of dominance, Graeme Bate secured victory in the inaugural Group 3 ‘Dawson’ final with a dominant performance by rising kennel star Dyne Forte.
The win was the headline act in a night that saw Bate register four victories and three placings from his eight starters on the card, and franked Dyna Forte’s solid heat and semi-final wins through the recent Group 1 Maturity series at The Meadows.
Dyne Forte was sent out a $4.40 chance in the final, having drawn favourably in the pink box, and he always appeared to be in control of the race after ranging up to early leader Matching Outcome ($4.40) entering the back straight.
Din’s Son ($5.40) was gallant in defeat, finishing on stoutly for a clear second ahead of Bate’s other runner Jarvis Bale ($8.00). The win was the red fawn chaser’s seventh from only 13 starts and took his career earnings beyond $66,000.
Earlier in the night, Amity Bale ($2.30EF) ran the arms off the clock at her first start over the staying trip for Bate, registering 41.97 for the 715m. A former Melbourne Cup finalist over the sprint trip, Amity Bale controlled affairs from start to finish in Mixed 4/5 company, and signaled her arrival as a genuine quality stayer in the making. Bate’s other runner Austin Bale ($2.30EF) proved no match for the winner and had to settle for a distant second placing, beaten over eight lengths.
The Group 3 Dawson acknowledges the substantial contribution of current Club Chairman Geoff Dawson and his late wife Loretta over several decades of involvement with Sandown. The race has been earmarked for ongoing Group race elevation and is expected to become one of the country’s most coveted sprint titles supporting the Club’s flagship staying feature, the Radio Sport 927 Sandown Cup.