The Now Famous Rich And Shameless

Rich And Shameless Scone 140120 Nothing shameless about this fella after RICH AND SHAMELESS lived up to his name after treating his rivals with complete contempt showing no shame in the way he won.

 Winner of race three, the 1350m Vinery Stud Maiden Handicap at Scone, the 3-year-old bay or brown gelding by up and coming stallion Shamus Award out of the Danehill line mare Think Fast put the writing on the wall at his previous start when he hit the line stoutly over a shorter distance (1100m).

 Mitchell Bell was on top again, RICH AND SHAMELESS had drawn barrier five in a field of thirteen runners. His allocated weight was 57kgs and the race would be run on a track rated as a Good 3. The moveable rail was set in the true position.

 Punters, aware of his prior effort were keen to “get on”. Early markets had the horse at $10, but that price didn’t last long, RICH AND SHAMELESS firmed in the betting to start at $4 and second favourite.

 In the barriers just before they jumped, Mitchell had his mount ready to go. The gates swung open and the pair began well, maybe too well in fact, with RICH AND SHAMELESS only a length or so off the leader, Mary Magpie, after travelling 100 metres.

 Shortly afterwards, the favourite, Scatman ($3) made a move forward from out wide, along with one of the outsiders in the betting, Terry Tuffnut ($151). Eventually Scatman took up the running and at the 800 metres mark, led by two lengths. Terry Tuffnut settled second, Mary Magpie sat third with RICH AND SHAMELESS in fourth one off the fence and travelling nicely.

 Positioning remained much the same 600 metres from home. Mitchell was rating his horse to perfection and with the home turn approaching and anticipating tiring horses coming back into their laps, eased RICH AND SHAMELESS out a little wider so that they had clear running.

 On rounding the bend the jockey has his horse four wide, doing it fairly easily, in readiness for the final effort. The leader still Scatman was beginning to up the tempo and was kicking strongly. RICH AND SHAMELESS was asked to go and began closing on the runner ahead of him.

 Just after the 200 metres marker RICH AND SHAMELESS hit the front, full of running. Jockey Bell kept his mount’s mind on the job with an occasional slap on the rump. The pair  were maintaining their rhythm and holding the others at bay.

 It was left to the John Sargent - trained Holy Sunday to issue a late challenge, he was coming home strongly out towards the middle of the track. Nearing the finish line, RICH AND SHAMELESS held a slender margin and went past the winning post half a head in front of the fast finisher.

 It appeared as if the wand of the one and only “Scott The Gear Tinkerer” had worked it’s magic once more, adding a nose roll to RICH AND SHAMELESS’s gear before the horse’s run, also at Scone, fourteen days prior.

 Congratulations to Anthony Harrington and his partners. What a nice win by your horse and considering his breeding and type, the win will give him every confidence to record more victories going forward.

 A great ride by Mitchell, a job well done by the Team and finally to Scott for identifying the need for the gear change … Thank You.

Spice Is Nice Even More So

 A return trip to the Dubbo races certainly paid dividends for MORE SPICE, a lightly-raced 4-year-old mare by the American bred stallion Moysater, her dam Spice It Up is a daughter of the West Australian based sire Old Spice. He was the sire of Melbourne Cup and Mackinnon Stakes winner, Rogan Josh, also the sire of Old Comrade, a winner of the VRC Australian Cup Gr1, WATC Railway Stakes Gr1 and a multiple WATC Fruit ’N’ Veg Stakes also Gr1. Old Spice was a son of Australian breeding icon, Kaoru Star.

 After running home nicely, being beaten just a bit over three lengths over an unsuitable journey (1000m) and ridden by the same jockey, a good performance was expected. Trainer Scott had no hesitation in stepping MORE SPICE up to the 1400 metres distance. The punting public were also confident, with the mare firming from $4.60 early into $3.20 to start as second favourite.

 The jockey for the day’s event was Quade Krogh, MORE SPICE would jump from the outside barrier in 11. Considering the dryness of the countryside, the track was rated as an acceptable Good 3, the weather Fine and the rail True.

 The start saw MORE SPICE jump cleanly from her wide draw, Quade had his mount positioned where he was able to sum up what the other runners would do. After continuing on out wide for a further 100 metres he realised the runners inside him were also hunting up. This being the case it was time to ease and put his horse where she would be comfortable.

 Passing the marker at the 1200 metres, jockey Krogh had eased back to third last and still wide. MORE SPICE was then asked to go forward again with the aim of getting in a bit closer to the rail. Eventually, at the 1000 metres the breaks came and Quade had MORE SPICE on the fence and getting along at a nice tempo.

 A few hundred metres later, MORE SPICE was saving ground on the rail and making a move along the inside of runners. Rounding the home turn the duo were gathering momentum and positioned in third, still hugging the fence.

 Once into the home straight and balanced up Quade decided it was “serious challenge” time. He extricated his horse away from the rail until he had clear running ahead with two runners in front them, Alaskan Aura and Laino, the leader.

 With the winning post in sight, MORE SPICE and her jockey were rallying and drew level with Alaskan Aura 100 metres out. Those two continued their battle for victory while the effort was telling on the tiring Laino.

 It was only at the 25 metres mark MORE SPICE, who could possibly be nicknamed “Sporty Spice”, gained the upper hand and went on to win by just over half a length in the time of 1:23.59.

 It was wonderful to see “Sporty” break her maiden status and it would have also been a thrill for West Australian owner Peter Bennie. Well Done to Scott and his staff for getting the mare to the winners stall and a big thanks must go to Quade for the ride.

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