If you like your poetry, you'll certainly be an advocate of the three-year-old thoroughbred POET'S ADVOCATE after his performance at Hawkesbury on Thursday 8th September 2016. A purchase at the 2015 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale Summer Book, the son of Poet's Voice (GB) by Dubawi (IRE) out of the black-type winning mare in Roseville, notched up his maiden win in great fashion at start number four in his first racing preparation.
The current leading New South Wales jockey Tommy Berry was declared as the rider.
POET'S ADVOCATE was allocated weight was 56.5kg. With the gelding drawing barrier three out of the ten possibilities in race six of the day, the T & L Fowler Concreting Provincial & Country Maiden Plate - 1300 metres.
Over at the start, after jumping well, Tommy had POET'S ADVOCATE ($2.60F) in a nice position running second one off the fence.
Princess Sophia trained by Malcolm Johnston had fired up early and led the field.
Passing the 1000 metres marker, the duo had let a few runners go past them and settled in fifth position still one off the inside rail albeit a little keen.
It wasn't until approaching 500 metres from home that his jockey began to make a move, upping POET'S ADVOCATE rate, building momentum and coming into the race nicely.
Around the home turn and into the straight Tommy had moved across to be hugging the rail, hoping for an inside passage to the post.
It didn't happen, POET'S ADVOCATE had to be eased to avoid the heels of Princess Sophia and in turn manoeuvered off the fence in order to gain clear running.
With 150 metres to go, horse and rider had hit the front and were off and gone, their rivals unable to make up any ground on them.
POET'S ADVOCATE was kept going by Tommy, putting the whip away with 75 metres to go, the pair went on to to win by two lengths in the time of 1-17.91.
For the majority of the owners it was a real "families" affair as members of the Lopez, Beattie, Burgess, Campbell families share in the ownership along with A. Harwood, Y.S. Cho and our trainer Scott.
Good Luck to you all ... as for the future ? ... it will be an exciting one !