Never a truer word was spoken. FAME SHINES, the three-year-old colt by Perfectly Ready was super keen to get on with the job and hardly settled during the running of the sixth race, the Broadley & Hayden Class 2 Handicap (1280m) at the Orange races yesterday, Tuesday 30th January 2017.
However, when it came to the business end of his race, FAME SHINES’s ability and potential shone through.
The track rating for the day was a Soft 6, a track condition similar to the one he had won on at Orange two starts earlier. The weather was fine with the moveable rail in the true position. FAME SHINES had drawn barrier six in the nine horse field and was to carry 55.5kgs.
The declared rider, Christian Reith, was going for three in a row after riding Resort (Brad Widdup) and Dubali (Cameron Crockett). Trainer Scott had added a set of winkers to FAME SHINES’s gear.
At his previous start FAME SHINES had run a creditable race in the Listed Gosford Guineas run over 1200 metres being beaten by a little over five and a half lengths. The punters had taken that into consideration along with his previous impressive victory at the track, sent the colt out a $2.10 favourite. Prince Planet, trained at Bathurst by Dean Murfin, was second pick in the market at $3.
From the barriers, which were located in a chute on the far side of the course parallel to the home straight, FAME SHINES had jumped so brilliantly that Christian had no trouble crossing to the rail after the horses inside of the pair hadn’t mustered early speed, taking a spot behind Prince Planet which had taken up the role of frontrunner.
It was around 1100 metres out when the jockey tried to ease his mount, it was evident that FAME SHINES wasn’t too pleased with that decision and began to pull, getting his mouth open and wanting to go faster.
This continued, all the while Christian had his hands full trying to settle FAME SHINES. The rider did manage to bring his horse back a little passing the 600 metres mark, the duo now running third on the fence, but FAME SHINES was still very keen.
Just prior to entering the home stretch, Christian came off the rail to give FAME SHINES some galloping room three to four horses off the fence. Once the pair were balanced up and well into the straight it was time to “press the go button”.
Passing the 200 metres pole, the jockey released the “brakes” and the son of Perfectly Ready knew what he had to do. Within 50 metres FAME SHINES had drawn level with Hinchman, who had taken over as leader after Prince Planet had had enough.
Approaching 75 metres from home, FAME SHINES was full of running, one length in front, charging toward the winning post as straight as a gunbarrel. Crossing the finish line it was FAME SHINES by one and three-quarter lengths, stopping the clock at 1:16.39, from the gallant Hinchman and in third was Dungannon, both of those horses had stuck on well.
Our heartiest congratulations go to the Golden East Horse Syndicate, also to Christian Reith for his horsemanship in enabling his mount to finish so strongly after such a torrid ride and for notching up his third consecutive win.
Final congratulations must go to the team at Singleton Racing, although Scott, you may have to get your “gear tinkerer’s” cap on again in order to try and get FAME SHINES not to over exert himself during his races. All in all it was a job well done, when it mattered the most.