26 Apr 2020

No Group One for Price Bloodstock on Champions Day but there were still multiple happy sets of owners after the feature meeting, with Chairman Lo, Relentless Me and Lakeshore Eagle all landing victories on the big card.

Relentless Me has found a new lease on life under Douglas Whyte, adding 3 wins from 7 starts to what was already a handy race record, and Whyte gave credit to apprentice Alfie Chan for being proactive in the race.

The six-year-old gelding had a light weight so Whyte impressed on the apprentice to use that and not be too concerned about covering extra ground.

“He listened to his instructions to a tee,” Whyte said. “I said ‘when they slow down, you pull out and go’ and that won him the race, everyone got caught up, trapped and he pulled out and made ground around them.”

Relentless Me did the rest in a tough performance and took his earnings past $5 million.

For Chairman Lo, it was a break through win that punters have probably considered overdue for some time but nobody could deny the grey’s consistency.

“It was his first win but he never runs badly and his turn was going to come,” said trainer John Size. “He’s been in the prizemoney most of his starts and take nothing from him today. He carried the top weight, he drew close to the outside and he got over the line to win conceding 15 pounds to the runner-up. He might have been frustrating for the public but he hasn’t actually done much wrong except he hasn’t won.”

Chairman Lo’s consistent record meant that he had already banked more than $1.3 million without winning a race so his prizemoney is within sight of $2 million now as he moves up into Class 3.

With Lakeshore Eagle, the story has been the opposite way, with the gelding landing his fifth win from 11 starts for Chris So.

“He was a horse that was hard to keep condition on in his early days but he has always been a very solid performer,” said So. “Because of his constitution, it was only this season as a five-year-old that I thought we could try him at a mile, even though I always felt this would be his best distance. He is handling it well and I won’t be surprised if he’s competitive in Class 2 now.”