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Centre Pivot scores surprise win at Rosehill for trainer John Sargent

Centre Pivot scores surprise win at Rosehill for trainer John Sargent

Centre Pivot scores surprise win at Rosehill for trainer John Sargent

Only days after trainer John Sargent said he had concerns about the future of Centre Pivot, the five-year-old came out a winner and landed his trainer in the stewards' room.

Centre Pivot was formerly trained by the stood down Sam Kavanagh and during the inquiry into the irregular cobalt and caffeine sample taken from Midsummer Sun it has come to light Centre Pivot had received cobalt drips.

 "He was all cleared; he eats well, works well and seems fine but, as you say, you don't know what damage it does to them," Sargent told RSN radio during the week. "You hear reports of a horse being treated by it and that can be drastic to them in the long run."

After disappointing first-up run, Sargent was hoping for an improved performance from Centre Pivot and he got an unexpected win due to a great Blake Shinn ride. Centre Pivot sat outside favourite Countryman and outlasted him in what was a sprint home from the top of the straight.

The win earned a tap on the shoulder from Racing NSW chief steward Ray Murrihy who asked Sargent to explain the improved performance.

"[The tactics] were left to the jockey [Blake Shinn]," Sargent said. "I wanted him to to be ridden to find the line.

"Blake said there was not a lot of speed and felt he could be closer. He went forward and that is why he is one of the best.

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"The ride won the race.

"The horse has improved between runs but I still think he is going to show his best once he gets to the mile and 2000 metres."

Centre Pivot will continue through the grades with a trip to Melbourne slated for later in the spring. Shinn said he had taken a lot of benefit from his first-up run and was surprised he could get outside the leader.

"After going 50m the only place for me to be was outside the leader or I was going to be three wide," Shinn said. "We didn't go that quick and he was just a bit too tough for the others.

"It is great to see that horse do that for John and the team at Segenhoe because he is very good horse."

It was a change in luck for Sargent, who had Mr One Eleven beaten in a photo by Dylan's Rojo a race earlier.

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