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Sarah Lee will be competitive in Overnight — Gary Subratie

BY RUDDY ALLEN
Observer staff reporter

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

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After Sarah Lee's strong performance to win a Restricted Allowance non-winners of three other than event on Saturday (March 17, 2018), trainer Gary Subratie strongly believes that his bay filly will be competitive when she steps up to the Overnight Allowance group on her next outing.

Sarah Lee hugged the inside rails and came with a strong run in deep stretch to beat A.P.I. and favourite Mr Universe by a length, in the native-bred four-year-olds and upward event. The offspring by Taqarub out of the Prized mare Sarah Barracuda ran a decent 1:13.1 for six furlongs (1,200m) after tracking splits of 22.1 and 45.0.

“It was a very good run and I believe she will be as competitive at the Overnight Allowance level. Well, the time of 1:13.1 is just about the average time for Overnight Allowances horses as 1:12.3 and 1:12.4 is just about it, and so I think she will have a chance up there. She is improving and she will come on,” Subratie told the Supreme Racing Guide.

With the capable and dependable Aaron Chatrie in the irons for owner Michros, Sarah Lee raced in third position as the two leaders, A.P.I. (Dick Cardenas) and Mr Universe (Omar Walker), opened up daylight on the field.

Even heading towards the half mile (800m) and approaching the final bend, the leaders continued to stretch the lead ahead of Sarah Lee and the chasing pack behind.

Coming into the lane, as is usually the case, Chatrie took to the inside rails with Sarah Lee and prepared for her final burst. A.P.I. shook off Mr Universe and looked strong on the lead inside the last furlong (200m), but Chatrie asked his mount for everything and Sarah Lee, now in full flight gear, stormed past A.P.I. to score an emphatic victory in the end.

“Oh, it was excellent. It was an excellent performance from Sarah Lee to win this race and in such convincing fashion. I knew the speed would come back and I just hoped that we would get there in time, and we did just that. I am very pleased with the run,” said Subratie.

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