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In-form Watch This Space chasing more black type

23 September 2017, 2:58 p.m.

Watch This Space has earned himself a return to stakes company after maintaining his unbeaten start to his spring campaign.

The Group Two winner returned from a break for a first-up victory at Ruakaka and he was untroubled to add Saturday’s L. I. Redshaw Memorial (1200m) at Hastings to his record.

Watch This Space Photo: Trish Dunell Photography

Trainer Wayne Hills said Watch This Space would now be returning to Hawke’s Bay on October 7 for the Gr.3 Spring Sprint (1400m).

“He’ll run on the last day here and he’s still in the Coupland’s Bakeries Mile, but I’m not sure at this stage if we’ll go down to Christchurch.

“There’s other options – the Rich Hill Mile and the Thorndon Mile are nice races for him.”

Watch This Space was ridden by apprentice Sam Weatherley, who had also been aboard the son of Elusive City at his previous outing, and he had no concerns at any stage of the race after settling behind the front-runner Irish Moon.

“From the two barrier we got a beautiful run in the trail and everything panned out as I thought it would,” he said.

“The leader rolled out on the turn and I was happy to cut the corner and then get out a bit wider.”

Watch This Space responded positively to Weatherley’s urgings and they drew clear to score by a length and a half. Mighty Solomon made late ground for second and Irish Moon boxed on for third ahead of the topweight Amarula. – NZ Racing Desk.