Westbrook a maiden no more…
Jan 12, 2014
While consistency is a great thing in racing, when your last four starts have yielded four second placed efforts, frustrations can often set in!!
Having been sent to the Toby Edmonds Stable from New Zealand, four-year-old Fast ’N’ Famous gelding Westbrook headed to Doomben on Saturday January 11 while the main focus of the day was at the Gold Coast for the Magic Millions race day.
Lining up in the Mount Franklin Sparkling Maiden over 1350m, the gelding was well supported in the betting to start a clear favourite.
Ridden by Matthew Palmer, Westbrook was in a handy position throughout, sitting third on the fence and as the field rounded the home turn and the leader kicked clear, the gelding knuckled down well and chased hard, taking the race by a short half head, which is bound to be a confidence boost to the K J Gray, C M Casey, Mrs B A Gray, J R Ryan, P P Alafaci, Ms Y Nakagome, Ms D J Rochfort & N G McBurney owned galloper.
Appreciating the step up in journey, Westbrook is likely to step up further in distances as the way he races shows he can handle a bit of a trip.
The first winner for the Grand Lodge mare Mango Tree, Westbrook comes from a very nice pedigree that includes numerous stakes winners such as Group One winners Overreach and Reward For Effort, both progeny of Danehill-line stallions, just like Westbrook.
Congratulations to the patient owners of Westbrook and we look forward to continued success!!