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11/03/02 Plunge Landed as Childs Bags Early Double
0311gregchilds.jpg (8720 bytes)A confident betting plunge on the Sutton Grange trained Roman Arch came off when he scored an easy win in this afternoon's Rosemount Estate Diamond Shiraz 1400 at Flemington.

After opening with bookmakers on track at $8 the Archway colt was quickly backed into second favouritism at $4.20.

The win gave leading rider Greg Childs an early double after he won the first race of the card aboard the Tony McEvoy trained McBeal in a photo finish.

The three-year-old Roman Arch was to be ridden by Andrew Findlay but was replaced after Findlay was unable to make his weight of 52.5 kilograms.

Roman Arch's trainer Robbie Laing was confident the colt would run well today after a strong last start win at Yarra Glen.

"It may have only been a Class One at Tarra Glen, but he won by six lengths and it could have been more," Laing said.

"They also ran two seconds faster than the older horses on the same day," he added.

0311romanarch.jpg (11660 bytes)The last start win at Yarra Glen came after a disappointing last at Moonee Valley when he started equal favourite.

"His Moonee Valley run was a mystery," Laing said. "He didn't have much luck but really he did go bad."

Today there were no anxious moments as punters watched him stride away from his rivals to win by two and three quarter lengths.

Roman Arch gave his chasing rivals no chance by sprinting home his last 600 metres in an impressive 33.77 seconds.

The New Zealand gelding Delargo ($10-$11) chased hard but was no match for the winner in second place, while Bust Up ($10-$11) nosed out Mr Trickster ($8-$10) for third.

The drifting favourite Walk On Air ($2-$4.20) settled just behind the leaders but after straightening he wasn't able to quicken sufficiently the worry the leading division. He only plugged to the line and finished over five lengths from the winner in sixth place.

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