Sultan Of Swing goes two for two at Te Rapa11 Jun 2019

Sultan of Swing defied the pattern of racing in testing conditions on Saturday, to take victory in the $35,000 Book Your Xmas Do @Te Rapa (OHcp) over 1600metres.

The Shaune Ritchie-trained six-year-old was given a perfect run by rider Jonathan Riddell, and when he asked for an effort the gelding skipped clear to defeat race favourite Aligns With Me (D.Mansour) by under two lengths from He’s Cavalier (R.Scott) a further half a length back in third.

The win was Sultan Of Swings second win from as many starts here at Te Rapa.

“It was a strong win by a good horse in great form,” rider Jonathan Riddell said.

“He handles the sand base here very well.”

Sultan Of Swing’s winning time was 1:39.00 (last 600m in 37.53) on a Slow9 track.

“I actually potted him on the radio this morning, as I thought ($3.80) price was too short when they opened up but obviously the bookmakers knew better than us,” Ritchie said.

“I was a little concerned about the track conditions but this is the second time he has come to Te Rapa and handled a slow track. Obviously he likes it here with that sand base.”

“He has been racing pretty well all season. He’s had big weights and wide runs and obviously the quality of horses he was racing against in the summer was right up there.

“There’s usually a nice horse coming through that can top him off, like last start, especially when they claim and you are giving them 9kgs.

“He’s a good genuine horse and a great horse for his owners.”

Bred and raced by Dominic Li under his IDL Racing banner, Sultan Of Swing has won nine of his 34 starts and has won just short of $270,000 in prizemoney.