Talented young driver Deni Roberts went into the $30,000 John Higgins Memorial final at Gloucester Park on Friday night with the firm intention of attempting an all-the-way win with the polemarker See Ya Write replicating his winning performance in a qualifying heat at Narrogin.
But her tactics had to change dramatically when See Ya Write was beaten out by Typhoon Banner. This resulted in See Ya Write trailing the frontrunning Typhoon Banner and leaving Roberts with the task of getting into the clear in time to fight out the finish.
A patient Roberts remained calm until she seized the opportunity to ease See Ya Write, the $2.20 favourite, off the pegs with just over a lap to travel.
In a perfectly legitimate manoeuvre, Roberts was able to push Rockaball (who was enjoying the one-out, one-back trail) out three wide just before the winning post at the bell. See Ya Write then obtained the sit behind the breeze horse Alta Engen before Roberts began a three-wide move 220m from the finish, with Alta Engen having taken the lead 100m earlier.
See Ya Write finished strongly to get to the front in the final 30m and win by a head from $10 chance Alta Intrigue, with Alta Engen ($7.50) in third place.
See Ya Write, a New Zealand-bred four-year-old by American sire Sportswriter, gave the Bond stable its fifth success in the Higgins Memorial — and Roberts her second success in a group 3 feature event, following her winning drive behind the Bond-trained J B Mauney in the Don Randall Memorial Cup at Pinjarra last November.
“Now driving a group 2 and group 1 winner is my next goal,” said Roberts, who said her plans to lead with See Ya Write were dashed when the four-year-old began to race fiercely in the score-up.
“See Ya Write got a bit keen on the gate and I couldn’t drive him straight out,” said Roberts. “In the initial bit when we needed to hold the front, I couldn’t. However, Plan B didn’t work out too badly.
“I thought that, approaching the bell, I would be better suited by not following Typhoon Banner and that it would be better to get behind the breeze horse Alta Engen, considering that Alta Engen was more forward (in condition) than Typhoon Banner. And I reckoned that the gap would open eventually.”
See Ya Write, prepared by Greg and Skye Bond, won at four of his 11 starts in New Zealand, and his 12 starts in Western Australia have produced four wins and five seconds.
He is certainly bred to succeed, being a half-brother to Eyre Crusher, who raced only 20 times for nine wins, seven placings and $127,123 in prizemoney. He won at eight of his 18 starts in WA for trainer Gary Hall snr, as well as finishing a close second to Three Blind Mice in the 2014 WA Derby.
See Ya Write also is closely related to Libertybelle Midfrew, who was retired after having 51 starts for 19 wins, 11 placings and $640,497. Her 18 wins from 40 WA starts included the WA Oaks and the Golden Nugget in 2014 and the Mount Eden Sprint in October 2016.
Written by: Ken Casellas | Photo Credit: Hamilton Content Creators