Weekend Wrap Up
Mar 04, 2012
This weekend we had 6 runners, we were represented by Essington, Chipp'n Away and Purettan at Eagle Farm and Politely, Mia Forza and Rocking Easy at the Gold Coast.
We were expecting a very productive weekend results wise, with the tracks in good order all week, until the rain came. The amount of rain was nothing short of sensational, forcing the Eagle Farm track to go from Good 3 to Heavy 10 in the space of 20 minutes, Gold Coast was a similar story, being downgraded to the Heavies also.
Essington was ridden by Glen Colless, slowly away, he was never comfortable in the ground with his head carried high and to the side, he was beaten and will head to the paddock. Upon arrival back at the stable we discovered some big black eyes, no surprise considering the amount of grass being kicked up by the track.
Chipp'n Away was on the quick back up from last weeks good performance, after gaining a run. Being ridden by Chris Munce, he traveled sweetly in the run after jumping from barrier 1 and was 3rd the fence, however upon straightening he failed to let down in the tough conditions, and finished a well beaten and tired horse, we will assess him over the next few days and he will most likely head to the paddock. He has done a great job for a $2000 tried horse purchase.
Last but not least was the ever consistent grey, Purettan. Stepping up to 1400m for us, and once again this week from a terrible barrier with Paul Hammersley up. He had a torrid run throughout the race, being 3 and 4 wide without cover the entire journey, yet still had the tenacity to loom up to win, however his run ended at the furlong, and was beaten just under 3 lengths into second. He is a very consistent horse who is always trying and always around the mark, so with a good draw we are confident he will be winning in the near future for his connections.
At the Gold Coast the first runner was Politely, who was stepping out to 1800m for the first time. He had done really well after his last start, forcing us to find another race for him, but after Saturday he will head off to the spelling paddock for some well earned rest as hes only had 3 weeks off in 12 months. It is great to see the owners come to the races to support their horses, and I hope the Ladies in the ownership of "Bob" had a fantastic day at the races, no doubt you would have!
Mia Forza was also in and to be ridden by Matt Paget, she traveled nicely in the run, but once the pressure was applied it was clear she was not comfortable in the ground, however she fought on hard and really tried her guts out, finishing 4th. Matt came back to scale and said she is such a trier and if the track was dry she would have won the race. Hopefully the tracks dry out a bit up here and we will get another win for Mr Crabbia.
The last runner for the weekend was the consistent Rocking Easy, with Paget aboard, he jumped well and was in a terrific spot. Coming to the turn I was very confident of a winning result, however he seemed to lose his spot rounding the bend, with Matt ringing me later and apologising for "losing his compass" and telling me it cost the horse the race and finishing third. He is another consistent horse in our yard and a similar type race i believe should produce a winning result shortly.
What promised to have been a good weekend, turned into disaster, but there is always next week in the racing industry!