EYE On America has an eye on a Showcase Class 3 at the Tamworth Cup meeting later this month after toying with his rivals on Monday.
The Mark Mason-trained gelding sauntered to a 1 ½ length win over Larry Fairhall’s Mr Bonjove with Noel Boland’s Mambo Fever a long head away third in the $20,000 Corey’s Catering Class 3 Handicap (1200m) at Tamworth.
It was the gelding’s third and most decisive win in an eight-start career.
“He went up in weight, drew wide and sat three wide for the trip,” Mason said.
“But he did it very well.”
Matthew McGuren rode the four-year-old gelding son of All American and marvelled at how easy a win it was.
“You can put him anywhere and he’s go to sleep,” McGuren told Mason post-race.
“But at the 450m he was bang on the bridle again for me. He was just waiting for me to press the button.”
Mason trains the bay gelding for a Sydney syndicate who first raced his mother, Monocular, with the Tamworth trainer a while back.
“They’ve been very good clients for a long while,” he said.
“They have raced a few out of the mother and had a few other horses with me as well. Just been very good clients.”
In Eye On America they might have a talented horse on the way up too.
“He’s always shown promise,” Mason said.
“There’s a Class 3 1400m on Cup day (April 30) here. He races well here (three wins from four starts) there is no travelling and it’s one of those Showcase meetings with an extra bit of prizemoney ($30,000 instead of $20,000).”