Quite possibly Australia’s most underrated galloper, Decision Time, is in line for a trip to Melbourne to take on the best in the Newmarket Handicap after he lumped 60½kg to win the Listed Fireball Quality (1100m) at Rosehill on Saturday.
Decision Time was making his first appearance since suffering a bleeding attack when scoring a courageous win in the Group II Stan Fox at Randwick in last spring and not only did he give his four rivals 7.5kg but he also did it with his two front hooves filled with artificial hoof filler.
Conners explained Decision Time doesn’t do things normally when away from the races.
“When horses get up they do it with their front feet first but he gets up like a cow,” Conners said.
“Cows get up with their back feet first and that’s what he does and he rips of his shoes which damages his feet.”
Decision Time sat outside the leader, boom galloper Moshe, in the run before storming to the front early in the straight and when he got his full momentum up, drew clear to score a decisive win from Celts with Parriwi edging Moshe out of third.
“I worked him Tuesday morning and though he was flying, the only problem was we didn’t know how good Moshe was,” winning jockey Brenton Avdulla said.
“From the 600 [metres] onwards I knew my bloke was proven, he’s tough .
“I put some pressure on Joshy [Adams – Moshe] and his cracked under pressure.
“I was left there a sitting shot but too his credit he’s a tough bastard and they couldn’t get past him.
“He was drawing clear on the line.”
Conners said a lack of opportunities in the coming weeks in Sydney could force Decision Time to Melbourne where he would clash with Moshe’s full sister, Australia’s best galloper, Black Caviar.
“I just have to see the weights and that other black thing is there,” he said.
“I suppose you could say we’re half way there.”
The win was the seventh from 12 starts for Decision Time and took his career earnings past $1.25 million.
What they said – “He’s such an underrated horse, a good horse,” said Clarry Conners, trainer of the winner, Decision Time.
The market – The winner Decision Time firmed up from $8 to start remarkable odds ion reflection, $7. The punters rallied for Celt and she firmed from $3.90 to $3.20 while Parriwi eased during betting, from $9 to $18. Outside of the placegetters, Moshe started favourite after drifting from $1.80 to $1.95. The on-course market closed at 112 percent.