Battle Time superb in Group Two win

Battle Time and Sam Spratt proving dominant in the Gr.2 Coupland's Bakeries Mile at Riccarton yesterday.

Battle Time and Sam Spratt proving dominant in the Gr.2 Coupland’s Bakeries Mile at Riccarton yesterday.

The smile on the face of Cambridge farmer Allan Hayward said it all after Battle Time broke through for a deserved Group race win at Riccarton yesterday.

“He’s shown them now. He deserved that,” said Hayward after Battle Time, a horse he bred and races from Tim and Margaret Carter’s stable, scored an authoritative win in the Gr.2 Coupland’s Bakeries Mile.

“We’ve always known he’s a good horse but things just haven’t gone right for him.

“Tim and Margaret have done a great job and it was a top ride from Sam (Spratt). I’m so happy for the horse. “

A pre-race plan to use Battle Time’s early pace and light weight proved the winning recipe for the four-year-old son of Battle Paint.

“I wanted Sam to be positive and I knew the horse had plenty of gate speed and she did a marvellous job on him,” said Margaret Carter. “She rated him perfectly and they got the job done.”

Battle Time had only been successful in two previous races, but his winning record didn’t truly reflect his talent. He was runner-up in the Gr.1 Diamond Stakes as a two-year-old and 12 months ago he also finished second in the Gr.1 NZ 2000 Guineas at Riccarton.

Battle Time also has black-type placings to his credit in the Gr.2 Hawke’s Bay Guineas and the Listed Reid & Harrison Slipper.

Battle Time ran in all three legs of the Triple Crown series at Hastings earlier this season and was brave when sixth and fourth respectively in the Makfi Challenge Stakes and the Windsor Park Plate before he found 2000 metres beyond him in the Livamol Classic.

“We’ve planned this for a while and although the horse has been in and out of form, we know he’s got all the ability,” said Carter.

Battle Time hit the ground running from an outside gate at Riccarton to cross the field and he settled well for Spratt.

“We drew out, but I wasn’t worried as I knew he would roll forward and he got the lead easily,” said Spratt.

“He kicked on the turn with the light weight and he’s a big, strong boy. I did think he might have needed an easing of the ground, but he’s pretty tough and he won well.”