Jun 28, 2010

It was a super weekend for the stable. With 6 runners over the two days we are delighted to report that all horses earned a cheque and they didn’t finish further back then fourth!

On Saturday we had only one runner, WHISTON, at Flemington. It was great to have one runner and one winner after Whiston comfortably won the TCL Electronics Plate down the straight. He has endured a few problems throughout his career however careful management has seen him already win 5 races from only 13 career starts.

The track at Flemington was a heavy 10 which proved no problem for him as he was able to get through it. He draw barrier one on a day when horses were coming down the outside fence, jockey Ben Melham was able to get him across and get cover. When the pressure was on he got to the outside and was able to finish over the top of them to win by almost a length on the line.

Ben Melham was impressed with the horse ‘"Grand Duels is a class horse and I was able to track him throughout and come off his back, so I was confident a long way out".

"My fellow is really good in the wet though and it probably was the difference."

It was very exciting for all of the owners who have been very patient with Whiston to ensure that he had the time that he needed. It was also a sentimental victory as Whiston takes his name from Colin Whiston who was a mate of many of the owners as they fought together in Vietnam. Colin lost his life fighting for his country, he will always be remember by his mates and we know that whenever Whiston goes around he will have that little bit of extra help from above!

Congratulations to his owners John & Virginia Thatcher, Vern Jones, Leigh Boneham, John Mackay, Peter Barry, Jonathon Thatcher, Richard Thatcher & Michael Dwyer.

On Sunday the races were at Cranbourne and again a heavy 10 track. This was no problem for ONE SHOT who was able to win the showcase 0-72 1400m. With a little over a month between runs, we were thrilled with his win.

Ridden by Chris Symons who was able to get him to the better part of the track and was too strong for them at the end of the race. Chris was very impressed with the horse ‘He is a talented horse and he handled today’s track with no problems. I think that he has a bright future ahead of him’.

We look to be in for a wet winter and this means that the preparation for One Shot should be a rewarding one! Congratulations to his owners Gordon & Megan Watt, Ray Evans, Fred Womersley, Andy Stuart-Menteth, Gerard McMahon, Len Lucas, Brendan Danaher & Pam & Chris Daly.

Photo by Fiona Tomlin