Call To Action Justifies Favouritism
It has been a productive start for the yards 3yo’s in shedding their maiden tags. Call To Action had made a very promising start to his career when finishing second on debut. He improved upon that result immediately when winning at the second time of asking, taking the 5f Build Your Acca With Betuk Maiden Stakes at Newcastle.
Whilst Call To Action had made his debut over 6f, he had shown plenty of speed. With the nature of Newcastle, the 5f maiden looked a nice race if the colt could handle to step bak in trip. The race attracted 10 runners but it was all about Call To Action who was the well fancied 4/5 fav. Shane Gray had ridden on debut and retained the ride for his second start.
Jumping well, Call To Action latched on to the pace, chasing the early leaders. Edging over, closer to the stands side rail, the pace was brisk as Shane maintained his spot towards the outer of the first three. There was no messing about and the first couple of furlongs went by in a flash.
Halfway through the race saw the majority of the field struggling to get involved in the contest. The leader kicked 2f out and this meant Shane had to go with them. Call To Action was still travelling the best while the owners other horse split the pair.
It was the Bronte Collections colours who moved to the front as they went eye to eye passing the 1f marker. Shane had to get lower in the saddle but he was getting a good response from his mount. The further they ent the more it suited Call To Action and the colt began to move away 100 yards from home. Staying on the stronger, he powered clear to take the win by a clear 1 length.
This was a nice performance from Call To Action and he could have put more distance to the second horse with further to run. The stiff track at Newcastle certainly helped him over the minimum trip and more will come when stepping back up to 6f. He only has the two runs so there is plenty of improvement open to him and Call To Action could progress nicely over the next few months.