Its the time of year where weather can cause chaos with racing. Snow and low temperatures have seen meetings being lost and training has constantly been juggled to get the horses out whilst the weather interferes. Luckily at Hambleton Lodge it is a common theme and Sound Reason showed no ill effect as he justified his short price to win the 5f Betway Novice Median Auction Stakes at Newcastle.
The son of Hot Streak had made only one start last year in his juvenile season but has come back with two fine efforts this year. Having strengthened and matured he returned to action in January to record a fine second place. Travelling well he made smooth progress to throw down a challenge to the fav and eventual winner but just came up short. That run was very promising but just showed the affects of a 7 month break between runs, with Reason just tiring late on.
Having shown a liking for the Tapeta surface and the stiff 5f, the 3yo gelding returned to Newcastle next time out. With a solid 2nd place and Racing fitness in the bag the race would revolve around the powerful chestnut. Little form and weak ratings meant that Sound Reason was a strongly fancied 4/11 fav. Kevin Stott was booked for the ride and was going to keep things very simple.
Only 5 runners lined up for the maiden contest. The stalls were positioned towards the centre of the track and drawn on the near side, Sound Reason made a good start, immediately taking the lead. Simplicity at it’s finest, Kevin let him stride on whilst the others filtered in behind.
Charging down the centre of the track they blitzed through the first half of the race and Kevin turned the contest quickly into a head to head. It was his market rival that pulled alongside passing the 2f marker but was under pressure to do so. Sound Reason travelled well to that point but as the pair pulled away from the other trio, Kevin just started to work. The leading pair were eyeball to eyeball but as the race wore on, Sound Reason began to get on top. Although he was made to work, and edging left, Sound Reason was starting to edge away. Kevin kept him alive to the challenge but once he got him lengthening the race was over. The final 150 yards allowed Sound Reason to pull away and secure a nice 1 1/2 length victory.
It was great to see Sound Reason get off the mark and although the race was not very strong, you can only beat who is put in front of you. He has now put two good runs together and certainly looks open to further improvement. Sound Reason is a big, powerful individual so it would be no surprise to see him get better and tighten up with racing. It was nice to get off the mark for Hambleton Racing in 2021 and get the ball rolling for all their owners.