Brave Sammy gets home at Sandown

Dec 05, 2015

The winning post was a long away in front of Sammy The Snake at the 200m of the Vawdrey Semi Trailers Handicap (2400m) Sandown.

Sammy The Snake had led for most of the $50,000 race but looked set to be swamped as jockey Chris Symons tried to extract every ounce of effort from the brave stayer.

But Sammy wouldn’t lie down, outslugging his opposition to post his second city win with his other metropolitan victory also coming over the 2400m trip at Sandown.

An outside gate meant Sammy The Snake had to work to find his favoured front-running position but Symons was able to slow the speed to suit his mount as the field entered the back straight.

Sammy The Snake travelled well down the Corrigan Dip to open a two-length lead on his opposition with 300m to run but Symons knew the son of Golden Snake would not quicken like some of his rivals might.

However, Sammy The Snake’s grit and determination got him home narrowly to the joy of his band of owners present, adding another $41,500 in prizemoney and bonuses to his earnings.

“He did a fair bit of work in that initial part and once I got there, I just stacked him up and got him together,” Symons said.

“From the half-mile, I quickened him up again and he’s just a grinder. He ran about 12 seconds from the 600 to the 400 and I knew he could maintain that.

“I thought I was gone at the 200 but he kept going.”

Sammy The Snake’s latest win was his fourth from 19 starts and provided a welcome tonic for part-owner and Ellerton Zahra Racing Manager Sharnee Rose, who had been ill in the days preceding the five-year-old’s victory.

Congratulations to Sammy The Snake’s owners and all involved with his terrific Sandown success.