Supremacy Heat to Sand Wave

Supremacy Heat to Sand Wave

29th January 2022

Bruce Stewart

Branxholme trainer Nathan Williamson is a great supporter of Southern Harness’s age group racing, and he looks to have another Alabar Southern Supremacy Stakes runner in Sand Wave who impressively won the first heat of the three year old series at Ascot Park today.

Sand Wave warming up with Nathan Williamson

The Somebeachsomewhere colt was purchased by Williamson after the group of stable clients failed to secure a yearling at the national sales in Christchurch.

“Nick (Popham) was in a syndicate, Chris (Alcock owner of Pembrook Playboy) was looking for another horse and there was another syndicate, so we joined them all together and go with a bit of fire power to the sales, but we still didn’t have enough ammo,” Williamson said.

So Williamson had to look elsewhere and trialed the recently qualified Sand Wave at Simon Adlams.

“Simon had done a great job with him. He was a gem. He had perfect manners and I liked everything about him, so I took a chance and he’s doing a great job.”

In today’s heat Sand Wave had enough speed to lead early before handing up to Azor Ahai. With 1700 metres to run Tim Williams improved on favourite Beach Ball and with just over 1100 metres to go Beach Ball was on top.

Beach Ball leads with Sand Wave three back on the inside

With 700 metres to run Williams opened the throttle on Beach Ball and rolling into the last bend he put a nice break on the chasing bunch. At that point Sand Wave had five lengths to make up.

“I didn’t think I’d pick him up because he’d skipped so far clear, but I was mindful of the fact that I rushed home pretty quick at Beach Ball at Winton over a mile.”

Under the urgings of Williamson Sand Wave sprinted brilliantly to rein in Beach Ball.

‘We got there this time.”

Sand Wave beating Beach Ball

The winning margin was three quarters of a length with Sand Wave pricking his ears at the finish. The winning time was 2-40.3 with the last 400 metres run in 28.2.

Returning to the birdcage

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“He’s a good wee racehorse. He doesn’t overly inspire you with his training, but he always does what you need him to do, and he steps up on race day. I’m a big supporter of these age group races. He’ll be back here for the Riverton heat in a fortnight.”

Sand Wave is out of the Live Or Die mare Wave Runner which is also the dam of Break Dance (5 wins and 1-53.3), Bonnie Joan (10 wins and 1-52.8) and Kilowatt Kid (5 wins).