It's the truth in more ways than one. The three-year-old SOLO GYPSY, son of the Irish born stallion Annenkov put on a fine display in his showcase event held at the race meeting on the 2nd December at Mudgee.
The front running performance was full of his determination to succeed, similar to that shown by his owners John Destefanis and his family who had hand-reared SOLO GYPSY.
Appreciative of a trip out to Mudgee, the 1100 metres of the race and the application of winkers by "the magical gear tinkerer" Scott, SOLO GYPSY produced the goods by winning in the most comfortable fashion.
It was a big day at the races, a good crowd, being a showcase meeting, great prize money and the weather was gorgeous.
SOLO GYPSY's price was held safely in the betting market ($4.80). With Jess Taylor riding, the duo would jump from barrier two in the field of twelve, carrying 57.0 kgs which was one kilo less than his previous start at Hawkesbury.
With the gear change (Winkers On) it was on the cards that SOLO GYPSY would be a little more focused on the job at hand, this being the case the pair would try and take up the running if allowed to do so.
From the outset Jess had her ride up and running, comfortably mind you, leading before they had gone one hundred metres. Perfect rating by the jockey saw SOLO GYPSY travelling at a good clip in front doing it solo.
It was status quo approaching the home turn. Well into the straight and Jess hadn't moved, being content to keep her mount's rhythm going riding him along hands and heels.
Under no duress, SOLO GYPSY found plenty and widened the gap to the rest of the field.
Strong through the line, still under hands and heels, the winning margin was two lengths in the time of 1:04.86.
A grand effort at only his third start, congratulations to John and his family, your care and perseverance has been rewarded. Again, another heady ride by Jess ... well done.
The Singleton Racing Team are also to be highly commended, five runners for the day ...all finished in the first five in their respective races ... as they say, a good day at the office.