(By John Jenkins)
A jumping campaign for Sweet Treat is now likely to be put on hold after the five-year-old scored a deserved success in a Rating 65 race over 2200m at Rotorua today.
The Ekraar mare capped off four second placings from her last five starts with a decisive 4-1/2 length victory prompting co-trainer Graeme Rogerson to say she could now go on to better things on the flat in the coming months.
“She was going to go jumping but the owners think she still has plenty to offer on the flat and I think they are right,” Rogerson said.
“All she’s needed is a wet track and she got that today.
“I think she will go on with it now and could be a good open handicapper in the winter.”
Sweet Treat was recording her third win from 28 starts and is owned by long time Rogerson stable client Denise Howell in partnership with Monovale Holdings Limited.
She was ridden to victory today by the Rogerson stable apprentice Ryan Elliot who said the mare really appreciated the heavy track conditions after recording second placings on firm tracks over 2400m at Ellerslie and 2200m at Te Rapa in her two most recent starts.
Elliot settled the mare back midfield before setting her alight coming to the home bend and she kept up a strong finish down the outside of the track to easily beat race favourite Nordic, with Scaglioni 1-1/2 lengths back in third.