Since the Cranbourne track was laid with new sand, spectators have been treated to some blistering performances. Both the 311m and 520m time standards have been pushed to the limits on a number of occasions and last week was no exception. After a couple of promising maiden chasers set the track alight earlier in the evening, patrons on track were watching closely when the classy veteran Surf Mail was scheduled to perform from his favourable rails draw in the main event of the night.
He may have been winless in his four runs since resuming from a spell, however interested onlookers quickly had their eyes fixated on the clock when Surf Mail emerged in front soon after box rise. After stepping on terms with his opponents, the fawn powerhouse quickly dropped the hammer and passed the first marker in a smart 5.47. As he roared through the first turn the Darren McDonald trained chaser scraped the paint allowing him to establish a six length lead with victory clearly in his sights.
The track had been on fire of late with a number of sub 30 victors, however with the talented Salegreys Power chasing hard, but failing to make any impact on the leader, it became apparent that Surf Mail clearly had his eyes on setting a new time standard for the 520m journey. Finally the Veteran stopped the clock in a staggering 29.67, eclipsing the great Pororoca’s previous time by one hundredth of a second.
After speaking with ARG, premier trainer Darren McDonald said he was quite surprised with the time.
“In a way I was surprised that he broke that track record as I believe that he is a little past his best. The track has been super quick of late and I think it would be a tad scary to imagine what Pororoca would run on this type of surface.”
When questioned about his chasers short term plans, “D-Mac” said he will continue to aim at claiming a few more metro wins.
“He is engaged again at Cranbourne on Wednesday night and after that I will heading back into town with him. At this stage of his career he is just a little short of the top flight sprinters, so hopefully I can step him back up to the middle distances at The Meadows and Sandown. He seems to excel over these journeys.”
In a career that has seen this ultra consistent veteran snare 22 wins from only 59 starts. The question most would ask is, does this multiple open grade metropolitan winner have a future at stud?
Firstly the son of Surf Lorian – Hybrid Theory lacks nothing when it comes to bloodline. His sire needs no introduction, having produced numerous group one calibre chasers. His dam hails from a strong family and she shot to glory herself when scoring an all the way win in the 2008 Group One Laurels final at Sandown Park, so it’s fair to say that this class act ticks all the boxes on the breeding side of things. His racetrack feats also present a strong argument. In addition to his recent Cranbourne Track Record, he has a sub 30 second win at The Meadows when beating recent Group One winner Kiss Me Ketut, along with numerous scintillating 595m wins at Sandown Park in Free For All class.
In a career that has been limited by injury, it’s fair to say that connections would be proud of their charges record and achievements. Wednesday nights stellar performance would have helped restore some confidence in Surf Mail’s immediate racing future and if he can continue to begin like he did the other night, there should be many more victories in the near future.