Cluster has held off Bull Point to win the 2014 Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes at Rosehill Gardens today.
Cluster, trained by Peter and Paul Snowden, had only a fair jump from the gates and had to settle in an awkward position as the back of the field.
Into the home straight Cluster was at the tail of the field and out wide but managed to move forward and with 200m to he surged clear of Bull Point to win by 0.2 of a length. Ninth Legion was third.
“On paper it looked like he was going to get a gun run, but it just didn’t pan out,” Peter Snowden said.
“He just got squeezed out of that spot we wanted to be in and back where he was last, and the second favourite outside him making sure he wasn’t going to go anywhere.
“Full credit to the horse; once he got the outside he showed what class he’s really got and that might have franked where we go now.
“He’s got a massive amount of acceleration and we saw a bit of that today.
“I think what we’ve had him on all along is the Rupert Clarke and it think it’s tailor-made, as long as we get in and that should get us in, but I think it’s a perfect race for him, a handicap.”
Theo Marks Stakes – Winner & Full Results
|1||8||CLUSTER||Peter & Paul Snowden||Tim Clark||–||4||53kg||$3F|
|2||5||BULL POINT||Chris Waller||Corey Brown||0.2L||8||53kg||$3.80|
|3||2||NINTH LEGION||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||James McDonald||1.7L||5||54.5kg||$6.50|
|4||6||JETSET LAD (NZ)||Brian Smith||Anthony Allen||2.1L||6||53kg||$8.50|
|5||3||ZEPHYRON (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Tommy Berry||3L||3||54kg||$16|
|6||4||KIRRAMOSA (NZ)||John Sargent||Jason Collett||3.3L||1||53.5kg||$11|
|7||7||TOUGHER THAN EVER (NZ)||Chris Waller||Jeff Lloyd||4L||2||53kg||$21|
|8||1||LASER HAWK||Joseph Pride||Kerrin McEvoy||11.1L||7||59kg||$31|