ORANGE trainer Jeff Brasch continues to be buoyed by the performance of six-year-old chestnut gelding Ideal Position, which he labelled “a pretty incredible horse”.
Ideal Position ran second last Saturday at Rosehill, in the Sydney Spring Carnival On Sale Now Handicap (1500m), backing up its win eight days prior in Canberra’s 1200 metre Slickpic Open Handicap.
“I was very, very happy with the result,” Brasch said.
“It was almost two years to the day from when he won at Rosehill last, and ran third in the Civic Stakes at Rosehill.
“He seems to be getting back to his best.”
Brasch praised the work of apprentice jockeys Winona Costin and Jason Devrimol, who rode Ideal Position to the placing and win respectively.
“Winona has really come along as a jockey, she’s an apprentice to Gai Waterhouse now,” Brasch said.
“She rode him perfectly on Saturday. As soon as he jumped she got him in the perfect position on the rails and as soon as a gap opened up she moved him in.
“He’ll get another shot in town (Sydney) next week at 1400 metres, hopefully with Winona on him again.
“Canberra was another close to perfect ride. Jason rode him a bit wider and they couldn’t catch him up the straight, it was the first time in a long while he’s shown that kind of sprint.”
The two results bump Ideal Position’s overall prize money up to $174 805 - not bad for a horse Brasch paid little over $1000 for.
“He’s been a pretty incredible horse for me,” Brasch said.
“I own most of him myself now, but I remember when I bought him unraced out of Sydney for $1100.
“He won his second start at a race in Gulgong, and went on to win eight of his first 15 starts including one at Rosehill and the Soldier’s Saddle in Bathurst.”