It’s not often that you see a three-year-old win first-up over the mile against older horses, but Angel Of Truth keeps finding a way to produce regardless of the circumstances.
The talented Animal Kingdom gelding made it three consecutive victories at his home track with the most impressive performance of his young career at Kembla Grange on Saturday.
Carrying equal top weight of 59kg, Angel Of Truth stylishly gapped his rivals with plenty in reserve to salute in the Shane Eades Transport Class 2 Handicap (1600m).
Angel Of Truth ($3.30) coasted to the line to beat Fastnet Cyclone ($5) by 1-½ lengths, with Storm Attack ($12) 2-¼ lengths back in third.
The performance had trainer Gwenda Markwell contemplating a Derby campaign in the coming months, with the Provincial Championships also still an option.
“He may be a bit dour for the Championships or he may end up in the Derby somewhere. [Potentially] Queensland, but you never know what is ahead,” she said.
“I have to talk to the owner and just keep heading to a Derby because you never know.”
Markwell had given Angel Of Truth a three month break between runs after the gelding scored back-to-back Kembla wins in his maiden preparation.
On Saturday, regular jockey Chad Lever produced Angel Of Truth at the top of the straight and the promising staying prospect did the rest to boost his record to three wins from four career starts.
“You certainly don’t see horses win three straight do you,” Markwell said.
“He had 59kgs and was first up over 1600m as a three-year-old. He has a lot of upside.
“He was very, very well today. When the rain came last night there was a big water puddle and I tell you what, he just rolled and rolled. He loved it.
“He was happy horse this morning.”
Angel Of Truth’s classy performance completed yet another winning treble for Gwenda Markwell on her home track.
As always Markwell started the day with a strong hand and it wasn’t long before she struck as Chicadilly made it back-to-back victories.
Jockey Keagan Latham waited patiently off the speed before pouncing in the straight to race 1-1/4 lengths clear of Captain Courageous in the the AJ Bert Lillye Lounge Benchmark 64 Handicap (1000m). Destiny's Reward was a further two lengths back in third.
"I really think she is a filly that has quite a bit of talent," Latham said.
"I think today was a very well placed race for her. We were going to go on Tuesday over 1400m but myself and Gwenda were a bit skeptical if she would get over that just yet.
"She is still a filly that is learning but she was very mature today.”
Markwell's eight-year-old warhorse Captain Manering later provided Latham with a well-deserved winning double after backing up successfully from last Tuesday’s meeting at the Illawarra Turf Club.