Brad Stewart rated it The Harrovian’s best win since he’s been riding him as the North Queensland star once again defied weights and measures to make it 10 wins in succession in Saturday’s Tatt’s Recognition Stakes at Doomben.
He now runs in the name of Toby and Trent Edmonds, but former trainer Stephen Massingham made the decision at 7pm Friday night to fly south to see the race and he kicked the horse home just as hard as Stewart from his vantage point in the stand.
“He’s just a freak. The boys train him now, but I just love him. He’s got this great will to win,” Massingham, decked out in a bright orange shirt, said.
Jockey Brad Stewart and former trainer Stephen Massingham after The Harovian won the recognition Stakes at Doomben. Picture: Trackside PhotographySource:The Courier-Mail
Stewart said he landed in a good spot in the run and was taken with how The Harrovian picked up under his 59kg.
“This was his best win since I’ve been riding him,” said Stewart, who has won three from three on the seven-year-old.
“He seemed to really appreciate the hard pace. He will be competitive in anything they run him in from 1200m to 2000m.”
Toby Edmonds had expressed some reservations about The Harrovian’s chances coming back to 1350m from the mile, but said the horse worked very sharply on Tuesday morning, which lifted his confidence.
“That’s a great effort. He’s come from back and just smashed them,” he said.
The Harrovian has now won 13 of 15 starts in the colours of Tom Hedley and has attained a cult following in the north of the state.
Edmonds said it was a privilege to train a horse of his stature and that he was great for racing.
It’s now 13 wins from 15 starts in the Tom Hedley colours. Picture: Trackside PhotographySource:The Courier-Mail
Red Chase battled on well for second, while Profit staged an encouraging return, coming from well back to claim third on the line over Soxagon, who was a well-backed $4 favourite.
Kelly Schweida was scratching his head at the price served up about Racecourse Road, who led throughout to give bookies the big split in the Class 6 Plate.
Punters had eyes only for Boomtown Lass (2nd, $2.60) and Baller (3rd, $2.45), meaning every other runner in the field went out at inflated odds.
“He’s run a great race first up and what price would (the horse that beat him) Command’n’conquer be in this race? He would be even money,” Schweida said.
“So I just can’t work out why he would be such big odds off the back of that.
“But in any case, he’s come back really well and it’s good to see him run up to what he did fresh.”
Racecourse Road eased to a starting price of $26. He looked anything but a roughie as he coasted along under Ronny Stewart in front, then put the foot down in the last 600m to post a sub 1:9.00 gallop over the 1200m.
It left him just a touch outside the class record, something this family has been noted for achieving over the years.
His dam Kidnapper broke multiple class records during her racetrack career, while his half-brother Cape Kidnappers was a brilliant short course performer for Schweida.
This was Racecourse Road’s sixth win in 21 starts.
One of Queensland’s most successful heavyweight riders has backed Baylee Nothdurft’s decision to take a break from riding and believes there’s no reason he can’t make a successful return – when he’s ready.
Shane Scriven made countless comebacks during his career, yet reached peak performance each time he returned and was still riding big race winners all the way through to retirement.
The theme of Scriven’s career was taking regular breaks from riding.
“There’s no doubt I prolonged my career by doing that,” Scriven said.
“You live like a human for a little while.
“I went to the pub with my mates. Had a beer, had a steak. But when you make the decision it’s time to get back into it, you have to say no and you can’t indulge.
“It’s all or nothing.
“People might say I did it the wrong way, but it worked for me.”
Baylee Nothdurft is taking a break from racing. Picture: AAPSource:AAP
Nothdurft, Queensland’s Premier rider of 2019-20, announced last week he was taking an extended break from riding. He wants to give his body a month to recover from the constant wasting and after that he will set a timeline on a return.
“I want to see him come back and be successful,” Scriven said.
“What he’s done in his early career, he’s already had a taste of it and that’s what will make him come back. It’s the hunger.
“His body will need a break for sure, but more-so it’s the brain, the mental side of it.
“It’s only when he mentally knows he wants to do it, he will do it.
“Then what he has to go through is pain personified and have the will power to push through it.”
A little lost in the fanfare around Zac Lloyd’s debut on Friday was the double to his brother Jaden, who may well continue to be a familiar face in Queensland.
Jaden rode two winners for Chris Munce and his mum Nicola said he was enjoying what initially started as a “break” back home.
“We’ve tried to assess a plan going forward. There was an offer to go to Sydney and we do have family in Sydney, but he’s come to Queensland and he’s loving it,” she said.
“Leaving home at 16 and now coming home and having us around and his brother, the beautiful Queensland weather, the lifestyle, there’s a balance here.
“There’s been no final decisions made but I think he’s going to stay.”
NO ZIP FOR KUBRICK
Luke Dittman and Paul Shailer opted for an optimistic look at the film after Kubrick added to his run of outs in the Class 3 Plate.
Dittman did have a run established to the outside before Beachbreak arrived on the scene and pushed him back in, but the interference was nowhere near the three quarter length margin and they took little time agreeing for correct weight to be declared.
The $850,000 earner just didn’t have the zip when it mattered, much to the dismay of those who truckloaded him into a skinny $1.95 starting price.
COULDN’T GET THAT ONE WRONG
As it turned out, Desleigh Forster was spoilt for choice when breeder Basil Nolan offered her the choice between a Sebring or Not A Single Doubt filly in his Raheen Stud paddocks last year.
Forster opted for the Sebring filly who now races as See Marie and has the potential to be an Oaks candidate in the winter.
The other was Fleet Dove, who won impressively first up last week for Kelly Schweida and looks similarly promising, having won three of five.
See Marie is a half-sister to $350,000 earner Weinholt, which Forster trained at the end of his career.
“She always liked the filly and we offered her the choice after we passed her in at the sale,” Nolan said.
“She was always a lovely filly. We wanted $250,000 for her and I just thought she was worth that. We’re not always right, but sometimes we get it a bit right.”
NO BUYER BEWARE
At the other end of the price scale, Michael Costa said the cheap price tag attached to Purrfect Deal turned prospective buyers off the mare.
Costa gave $16,000 for her at the 2018 Classic Yearling Sale and said she was a difficult yearling to move to clients.
“People see a daughter of Dundeel for that price and think there must be something wrong,” Costa said.
“She’s just a neat little filly that’s taken time.”
Purrfect Deal was conceived in a year Dundeel stood for $27,500, so Costa has shopped very well.
“We don’t have the clients to spend up big at the sales, so we have to shop around,” he said.
Costa was probably unlucky not to lead in a 1-2 finish, as stablemate Seentoomany was stopped in her tracks when making her run on the rails.
Originally published asMeet the unstoppable ‘freak’ with a ‘will to win’
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