Pakenham track perfect for Sir Sagamore's charge

Nov 17, 2016

Track bias played into Sir Sagamore’s hands in his first-up win on the Pakenham turf track.

The smart galloper raced well but without luck last time in during a 12-run campaign that stretched from a first-up win at Geelong to a terrific placing in the $120,000 Silver Bowl Final (1600m) at Flemington in July.

Sir Sagamore was due some good fortune and got it by way of a track that featured better ground against the outside fence in the straight and jockey Jamie Mott was able to guide the son of Real Saga to the best part of the course in the Gendore Handicap (1200m).

Once balanced at the top of the straight, the Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra-trained Sir Sagamore came from the back of the field to score, overwhelming his opposition by breaking 34 seconds for his last 600m.

“I spoke to Matty this morning and he said the horse was going well but he might be a bit soft,” Mott said.

“Ridden that way (at the back of the field), he was able to get away with it and he won quite well in the end.

“They sent him to the race with a lot more improvement to come and for him to win that easy, he’s in for a great preparation.”

Sir Sagamore’s classy win was his second in a 16-start career that features five minor placings while the $16,500 in prizemoney took the four-year-old’s stakes tally to more than $100,000.

Congratulations to great stable supporter First Light Racing and all involved with Sir Sagamore’s impressive success.