The last two Appin meetings saw Sancho, the winner of 31 races there defeated by Mark Wilcox's Fine Thought – on August 2 Sancho went out at 1/2 favourite over his favourite 274m journey but Fine Thought, then the winner of only 7 races prevailed by over 4 lenghts in a slick 15.82.
Last week the two dogs contested a similar Best 8 event as equal favourites at 6/4 with Fine Thought again the victor by two and three quarter lengths, with the time even better at 15.70.
Fine Thought now has an excellent record at Appin of 5 wins and 2 places from 9 starts and a career record of 9 wins and 6 placings from 23.
For the record Sancho's stats are 31 wins and 30 placings from 64 Appin starts and a career record of 32 wins and 30 placings from 66. That's impressive!
While it is not always easy for the Mattic's to get a start with their top grader every week, Sancho will be very competitive in the competition, given an even chance if future nominations are forthcoming to support a top grade race at Appin on a regular basis.