It was only just though, because stablemate Mosht Up ridden by Jess Taylor, finished hard up against the rail and maybe even hit the front momentarily nearing the post. SNATCHA, a two-year-old bay son of Time Thief (by champion stallion Redoute’s Choice out of the good producer Procrastinate), kicked again and got the nod in right on the line.

 The punters attending the races at the Central Coast Track at Wyong had witnessed a thrilling finish and would’ve been happy, both horses were solid in the market, SNATCHA ($5 / $4) and Mosht Up ($10 / $9).

 Popular jockey Christian Reith was to ride, SNATCHA was allocated the impost of 55kgs and the pair would jump from barrier seven, two from the outside. The Provincial Country Maiden Plate was to be run over 1200 metres and the Wyong track was rated a Good 3 on a fine day.

 The gates opened and SNATCHA began well, his jockey got him nicely into stride and stayed on his line, summing up what the horses inside him were doing. There was a clump of horses vying for a position up front, that being the case, Christian began to ease his mount around the 1100 metres mark, settling second last with his stablemate behind him.

 The leading pair, Manhattan Gambler and Heart Of Class were setting a solid pace with a wall of horses behind them some four and five wide. With 800 metres still to run, Christian began to  manoeuvre SNATCHA wider on the track, giving clear running ahead. All the while Jess Taylor was sticking to the fence on her horse making steady ground.

 With the 600 metres pole behind them, SNATCHA began a forward move, just prior to the home turn they were five horses off the rail and without too much pressure being applied, were within half a length of the lead and travelling strongly.

 The point of the bend saw SNATCHA being urged along with Mosht Up sneaking up along the inside. A couple of slaps of the whip to keep momentum going and the duo had hit the front … still 200 metres to go. The locally-trained Mud Wasp the widest runner was mounting a challeng It was going to be a thrilling finish, 50 metres out Mosht Up had hit the lead and looked the winner but SNATCHA had other ideas. He came again and headed his stablemate with Mud Wasp still coming.

 On the line it was SNATCHA by a bit over a head to Mosht Up and a similar margin to the third horse, Mud Wasp … How good is it running the quinella !

 Congratulations to Dr B J Hudson and his fellow partners, Mr M R & Mrs C M Tudehope and Ms L S Amitrano-Hudson. It was wonderful to see your horse win at only his third start in his first racing preparation.

 We’d like to thank Christian Reith for a heady ride and to “The Tinkerer” Scott for applying winkers, giving his charge another edge in pursuit of victory.

 May there be more wins in store for “THE SNATCHA”. Good Luck.