Deserved city win for Swinging Soldier
Feb 09, 2013
Trainer John Hyam’s decision to remove blinkers from Swinging Soldier paid off when the filly produced a gritty performance to claim the Sloans Sands Handicap (1400m) at Morphettville Parks.
Swinging Solider raced aggressively in the blinkers when she finished midfield a week earlier. The daughter of Soldier’s Tale finished fifth on that occasion but could have been closer at the end of that race had runners outside her not laid in on the filly in the straight.
Troy Baker was aboard Swinging Soldier when she stepped out for her latest assignment.
The jockey had a much easier time in the early and middle stages than he did seven days before after Swinging Soldier settled comfortably in fifth spot while a fair pace prevailed up front.
Baker was forced to take Swinging Solider four and five wide rounding the home turn but the chestnut continued to improve until she was within striking distance of the leader early in the straight.
Swinging Soldier hit the lead at the 200 metres but she still had plenty of work to do as Bit Of A Schiller bore down on her, threatening to deprive her of a deserved city success.
However, Swinging Soldier refused to wilt over the concluding stages as she fought hard to score by a length to post a maiden metropolitan success.
The win was Swinging Soldier’s second from nine starts while the $25,000 prizemoney took her earnings to more than $47,000.
Congratulations to the game galloper’s owners - Mrs T S Hyam, I L Cross, M Hilton, Ms M Freeman, C Robertson & G J Mack.
© MiStable 2013