High 'N' Dry wows them with blinkers at Sandown

Apr 02, 2018

High ‘N’ Dry relished the addition of blinkers in his stunning second-up win at Sandown.

The son of High Chaparral struggled in his first two starts in the spring but High ‘N’ Dry returned a different horse in his latest campaign, showing plenty of promise with his first-up fifth at Geelong.

Stablemate Exceltara was second in the Geelong race before franking the form with a strong Pakenham win a few days earlier but High ‘N’ Dry was simply outstanding at Sandown.

High ‘N’ Dry settled back in the field from his wide gate before jockey Andrew Mallyon pulled him to the outside of the track at the 400m of the Polytrack Handicap (1600m).

High ‘N’ Dry unleashed a tremendous turn of foot at the 400m, powering home to score a dominant three-length win, which confirmed the talent trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra always knew the horse possessed.

“He’s been a work in progress and been a bit frustrating but the blinkers came on today and they have done the trick,” Zahra said.

“His work has been terrific and he ran into a an extremely hot field at Geelong the other day. He’s really started to figure it all out.

“The owners have been pretty patient. We’ve been telling him the ability is there but his two runs in the spring were pretty ordinary but he’s just needed a bit of time.

“Being a High Chaparral, he is getting there slowly and it was good to see him extend and hit the line.”

Being by the noted sire of stayers, High ‘N’ Dry will improve with more ground. Zahra said the stable would consider harder assignments for the promising galloper.

Congratulations to High ‘N’ Dry’s patient owners on what we hope will be the first of many wins with the exciting gelding.