Sansom winning at Flemington (Image: Racing Photos)
The lucrative Magic Millions Raceday may await Sansom after Ben Allen improved his incredible record aboard the Phillip Stokes-trained galloper in the $200,000 Group 3 Network 10 Chatham Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on Saturday.
Allen rated Sansom to perfection in the lead and he fended off co-leader Morvada to score by a short head, with Bold Star a further long head away in third.
Allen has ridden Sansom eight times for seven wins, with Saturday's victory their first together at Group level. Overall, Sansom has won eight of 17 starts, with the Chatham his first triumph over 1400 metres at his second try over the distance.
"Speaking to Phil he wanted to get a bit of cover, but he just broke that well and I just went with him and he relaxed in front," Allen said.
"His last two starts his gate speed has been unreal, so I thought I'd use that to my advantage. He's still working it all out, but I was able to count, and count, wait for them to come to me and then work away from them.
"I was pretty confident. The horse, once he gets in front, he's quite hard to get past. He still ran it out strong although they were getting to him but he's a horse that probably is better with a sit, but circumstances didn't allow it."
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Sansom provided Stokes with his second victory during the 2020 Melbourne Cup Carnival following the Oaks Day success of Ancestry.
Stokes, who won the 2014 Chatham Stakes with Hucklebuck when the race was held on Derby Day, said he would contemplate freshening Sansom for a tilt at the $1m Magic Millions Cup (1400m) at the Gold Coast on January 16.
The four-year-old gelding by Charm Spirit was purchased for $140,000 at the 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.
"He's going super," Stokes said of Sansom. "He's just come back a stronger horse this time in, it's a big thrill for the connections."