The Black Book: All systems go for All Cylinders

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By Anthony Manton

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Ten days is a long time in horse racing as Randwick trainer Peter Robl found out at Gosford on Wednesday afternoon when his 2-year-old gelding All Cylinders (Testa Rossa) won on debut in race six, the 2-year-old Maiden Plate over 1000 metres.

After two impressive barrier trials at Randwick throughout January, All Cylinders was all set to be sold to Hong Kong but failed the vet, however, it appears that may have been a blessing in disguise as he glided to an all the way victory under the guidance of Glyn Schofield.

“It’s amazing what ten days in this sport brings. Ten days ago he was sold to Hong Kong, eight days ago he failed the vet and a week later he’s here winning his first start so maybe it’s a blessing in disguise in the long run” Peter Robl told Sky Thoroughbred Central.

“It’s amazing what ten days in this sport brings." - Trainer, Peter Robl

Heavily backed in betting, All Cylinders drew barrier one for his debut and after beginning well was able to dictate the speed in front. Despite being a little green and new to it all he showed good acceleration at the top of the straight and was eased-up late by Schofield to win with something in reserve.

Trainer, Peter Robl

“He’s a lovely type. When I bought him he had a little issue which is what held him back from going to Hong Kong but there is plenty of upside to him”.

“He’s pretty new about it all. He had to do everything from the front and had nothing to focus on so it was a very good effort”.

“Glyn rode him as if he was the best horse in the race and that’s what he was,” said Robl.

“Glyn rode him as if he was the best horse in the race and that’s what he was." - Peter Robl

All Cylinders was purchased by Robl at the 2018 Magic Millions Yearling Sale for $35,000 on behalf of Darwin-based businessman John Robinson.

All Cylinders is the fourth foal from unraced dam Star Of The Screen (Congrats) and Robl has a history with the family also training his half-brother Screen Shot (Big Brown).

Screen Shot was purchased by Robl a year earlier at the 2017 Magic Millions Yearling Sale for $26,000.

Glyn Schofield who rode All Cylinders in both his trials made the trip to Gosford for just the one ride on Wednesday and was also full of praise for the gelding.

Jockey Glyn Schofield

“He’s shown good ability in his trials and it was just whether he could put it all together because he’s a bit green still”.

“Even though he won and led he wasn’t quite flat to the boards and I think there is a little bit more upside to him”.

"I think there is a little bit more upside to him”. - Jockey, Glyn Schofield

“He went around the corner and I asked him to quicken and I thought I probably should have waited until I straightened because he got a little unbalanced on the corner but still it was an effortless win,” said Schofield.

Adding merit to the win of All Cylinders, he ran the 1000 metres in 58.46 seconds and his last 600 metres in 34.77 by comparison to the 3-year-old maiden run over the same distance All Cylinders was almost 3 lengths faster overall.