tracker Aldarch provided Stephen Baster with a lucky pick up ride winner when she scored
an easy win in the William Pearson Handicap (1440m) at Caulfield today.
One of Victoria's most underrated and successful hoops Luke Currie
was meant to ride the mare but he had to be replaced after being dislodged shortly after
the preceding race had been run. Baster was chosen by connections to replace Currie.
Aldarch, a daughter of the local siring star Archway, sat
handy to the leaders throughout the race before hitting the front at the top of the
Despite challenges being thrown out by a few rivals Aldarch
was able to repond in fine style and draw clear to win by over a length.
The four-year-old mare was having just her second run back
since having bone chips removed.
"She's a very genuine mare," Cindy Alderson who
was deputising for her brother and trainer Steven said today. "Her form is really
first class on tracks like this."
"Her form since her operation to remove bone chips is
first class," she added.
The win also gave Melbourne based syndicators Slade
Bloodstock their first metropolitan winner with a member of their first team.
"It's great to finally crack one in town," Rob
Slade said after the race. "She's been a very good mare and her first up run was
excellent the other day."
"We've got a lot of nice young stock, so hopefully
this is the start of things," Slade added.
Alderson said the mare's ideal distance range was "not
totally sorted out."
"She might handle a bit more distance than the 1500
metres we put her up to last time, but we're not totally sure," Alderson added.
"She should be able to handle a mile without many problems."
Aldarch, who's from the True Version mare Estuary Lass, now
has improved her record to four wins and three placings from just ten starts. Her
prizemoney has now increased to $46,400. The mare has now finished in the first three
placings at her past four runs at Morning, Ballarat, Sandown and now Caulfield.