Response too Sharp on debut at Sale

Sharp Response has handled the soft track conditions at Sale to record a debut victory.

Cranbourne-trained Sharp Response defied his starting price to record an impressive debut win at Sale.

A two-year-old son of Maurice, Sharp Response took out the David Wilson/Tony Hart Two-Year-Old Maiden Plate (1108m) on Wednesday.

Sharp Response had specking in early betting at $51 before starting a $17 chance under Beau Mertens in registering a short-neck victory from Tranquil Bay ($6.50) with the $3 favourite The Art Of Flying three-quarters-of-a-length away third.

A $70,000 Melbourne yearling buy, Sharp Response is prepared by Julius Sandhu who said the gelding was purchased on type.

“He was a nice-looking horse and he went a little cheaper than I thought as he had some growing to do,” Sandhu said.

“He was not very big at the time. We gelded him and he grew a bit and I think if we turn him out, he will grow even more and furnish into a nice horse.”

That is the quandary for Sandhu, whether to press on for another start, or two.

“The one thing about him is he’s very athletic and a very sound horse,” Sandhu said.

“He does a lot right at home. He doesn’t act up a lot and is very professional on the track.

“It will be nice if he goes home, eats up and then we’ll have the hard decision to make, but it’s a good problem to have.”

Mertens had done most of the education work aboard Sharp Response and was confident the gelding could run well at his debut.

“The question was whether the track got too wet, but he got through that alright,” Mertens said.

“He’s a little professional and he handled everything well.

“It’s good to see that from a young horse, to see him step out with the attitude he has.”

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