After being a late scratching two weeks’ ago at Doomben, the enigmatic Sambro behaved himself and showed the ability he has with a strong win the Group 2 Queensland Guineas.
Given the perfect run by rider Michael Walker, Sambro was positioned fourth in the running before pulling out at the top of the straight and proving superior to his rivals with stablemate Seaway running into second half a length away.
Chris Waller has had his challenges with the talented son of Fastnet Rock.
“He’s a funny horse, but we sent him down to Greg Bennett’s place and the work he’s done with him since then has given the horse some confidence,” Waller said.
“He’s a bit temperamental and that’s why he wears the brow band (across the top of his head), to stop him from rearing up.”
“Who knows? He might be back here next year for something bigger,” he said.
“He’s always been a talent, because he did run second in the Carbine Club Stakes in the spring, but he was gelded (before his autumn campaign) and that might have been the turning point.
A winner of the Group 3 Hawkesbury Guineas at his previous start, Sambro has won three races and placed seven times with earnings of $475,707 for owners Mr F W Cook, Mrs C M Cook, Mr J M Simmons, Ms S M Fitzgerald, Mr R S Canceri, Mrs J A Canceri, Mr S Saric, Mrs J C Saric, Mr K H Warriner, Mr I Bruce, Mr J T C Lake, Mr B Pang & Dr A Pang.
Sambro was purchased at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from Baramul Stud and is by Coolmore sire Fastnet Rock.