Steam in to Botany Bay

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 04 October, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 04 October, 1998, 12:00am

The ever-patient David Oughton has a reputation for being very kind to his charges, with the result that many under his tutelage are in need of their seasonal debut.

Che Sara Sara bucked that trend to open the likable Englishman's account for the season on Thursday, but it could just as easily have been his well-bred Botany Bay a fortnight earlier.

The athletic son of Royal Academy was taken wide at the turn and then pole-axed again at the 200-metre mark in the race won by Knight Commander and he earns his chance to atone in tonight's third event. Botany Bay was travelling sweetly for Alan Munro at the time and with normal luck in running would have taken a hand in the finish.

Tonight's is not the strongest of Class Four fields and Botany Bay should be at better than each-way odds. He should be taken in quinellas with game topweight Kaapargen, who always races well fresh, and the promising newcomers Regular Win and Rugby Supreme.

There were big things predicted of Lion's Share after he demolished his rivals at his debut on the dirt back in April. However, he proved a costly odds-on flop at his next outing on the Sha Tin turf, convincing many that the dirt is where his future lies.

The Tony Cruz-trained American-bred returns to that medium in tonight's seventh event and he will have come on from his first start this campaign, when he seemed to resent racing between horses when pressure was applied in the straight.