Bennett Racings 2yo Not A Single Doubt gelding He’s A Player improved dramatically from his debut run, to win easily over 1400m at the Sunshine Coast on Sunday. The gelding was beaten near 7L on debut at Wyong earlier in the month but delivered in spades what improvement Annabel said he would make.
This time under James Orman the 2yo jumped with speed and easily led up the filed. Setting a nice tempo infront James always had him travelling well and on straightening he exploded away with a winning break, eventually winning by 3.5L. It really was a great effort of sustained speed and he showed no signs of stopping either!
His sectionals proved to be very good on the day and the impressive way he went about it showed he had a lot more to offer and may stretch out further in distance as his pedigree suggests.
As a colt He’s A Player had been very trademan-like in his work and jumpouts. Annabel suggested the ultimate gear change but subsequent trials didn’t seen to have improved too much with him still trialing ok. But it was certainly a different horse who turned up on Sunday with blinkers applied and delivering at a price for his owners. Annabel Neasham and her Team have done a great job for getting the best out of He’s A Player.
The decision to geld was a hard one indeed being from the last crop of Champion sire Not A Single Doubt. He had a great temperament, was a good type who moved well and always looked like time would be his friend. The gelding is bred to run a bit of a trip as well with his dam Courtesan a ½ sister to Gr1 Derby winner and Group producing sire Monaco Consul. Her ½ sister the Gr3 placed So Devine has already left 2 stakes horses both Gr3 placed. A strong deep New Zealand family which includes Gr1 winners Military Plume – successful at stud, Melbourne Cup winner Brew and the Champion mare Horlicks. Courtesan had already produced 2 winners from 3 to the races.
He’s A Player was a 250k purchase from the Yarraman Draft at the 2022 Magic Million Sale. The win took his record to 2 starts 1 win & $17800 in prizemoney.
Congratulations to all owners and thankyou to Annabel Neasham and her Team.
It was also Bennett Racing’s 4th winner behind Sibaaq, Fawkner Park and Vintage Choice trained by Annabel who continues to place her horses where they can win.