Winning two races on the same horse is hard enough let alone eight from 11 starts and yet Ben Allen’s remarkable record with Sansom has the potential to only improve on Saturday at Caulfield.
The Pakenham pair will hunt back-to-back Caulfield features as $6 TAB third favourite Sansom looks to become the fourth galloper in 72 years to complete the Bletchingly-PB Lawrence Stakes double.
Allen, 22, executed the perfect ride on the Phillip Stokes-trained Sansom to nail Streets Of Avalon on the post last start and similar tactics could be deployed again.
“He knows where the post is, only ever gets his head in front on the line,” Allen said.
“When he gets in front he seems to go quite hard so we’ll probably take the same approach again.”
From humble beginnings — Pakenham synthetic maiden and Benchmark 58 in June 2019 – to fancied starters in Group races the combination was a timely one for Allen mostly.
The 22-year-old was at the career crossroads — going from apprentice to senior — and losing the support of disqualified trainer Darren Weir compounded the difficult transition.
But an introduction to Stokes by syndicator Wylie Dalziel helped Allen retain the ride on Mr Quickie and instant success fostered a new relationship.
“I was lost for a little bit and had to find a barn to look after me,” Allen said.
“Stokes has been very good to me … gave me a big kick along.”
Sansom has won eight of 11 starts with Ben Allen in the saddle. Picture: Racing PhotosSource:Getty Images
Allen has turned 126 starts for Stokes into 29 wins and 31 minor placings.
Despite the strength of Melbourne’s riding ranks Stokes has seldom erred on booking Allen.
“He really kicked on when he won on Sansom over the carnival (last November), I reckon that was a turning point and he’s been riding great for us,” Stokes said.
“He seems to suit our horses and only lives around the corner as a Pakenham boy.”
But Stokes conceded Allen must put in another “treat” of a ride for Sansom to overcome a sticky draw.
“He’ll probably be buried on the rail somewhere (from barrier one) looking to get out,” Stokes said.
“But he never runs a bad race so he’s a nice horse to have around.”
But history is against the Bletchingly quinella Sansom and Streets Of Avalon, with eight of the past 10 PB Lawrence winners claiming the 1400m weight-for-age feature first-up from a spell.
Five of the nine contenders on Saturday are first-up including Superstorm ($5.50) and Best Of Days ($6).
Originally published asAllen out to continue excellent record on Sansom
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