It was a joyous occasion for long-term clients the Beattie family along with Mrs N. Berry, after their three-year-old son of Moysater (USA), DAD’S BOY, broke his maiden status at the Wine Country Race Club’s meeting held on the Newcastle racecourse today, the last day of the racing season. There was even more joy due to the fact that the family had bred the horse from their mare, Noise Barrage.
After a nice performance at his previous start at Gosford over 1900 metres only three days earlier, DAD’S BOY was stepped up in distance to 2360 metres and was to carry 3kgs less from a similar barrier.
Obviously, trainer Scott felt that DAD’S BOY was up to the task, otherwise he wouldn’t have even contemplated backing his charge up so soon. The punters had that same confidence backing the horse into odds-on favouritism.
Josh Adams was the declared rider, DAD’S BOY had drawn barrier one. Three scratchings had brought the field size for the Cessnock Leagues Club Class 1 & Maiden Plate down to only five runners. They would race on a track rated a Good 3, the moveable rail was out 11 metres for the entire circuit.
DAD’S BOY ($1.85) jumped well when the gates opened and was sharing the lead. Shortly before passing the winning post for the first time, Josh began easing his mount allowing a couple of runners on his outside to go to the front. Almost at the mile mark the duo had settled into a nice rhythm travelling in third position and there they remained for the next 300 metres.
With under 1000 metres left to run, a move came from the Lauri Wray-trained Plus Belle La Vie, her jockey upped the ante and just prior to the home turn had drawn alongside the leading pair, Smoke Of Luck and Sunsout Shirtsoff.
That move saw Josh taking the initiative and ease DAD’S BOY away from the rail in order to provide his horse with a trouble-free run to the finish. Around the bend and into the straight the duo were balanced up, four wide and increasing their tempo.
At the 300 metres mark, Josh had decided it was time to push the go button … and away he went. Power From Within had gone with DAD’S BOY but only for a short while. With the 200 metres pole behind them, the margin was a bit over three lengths to the second horse and the gap widening with every stride.
Josh kept his horse’s mind on the job to the winning post, DAD’S BOY had put a margin on them of over four lengths, with daylight to the rest.
It was a delight to see DAD’S BOY display such a grand performance. Congratulations to all of the partners in the ownership, also to Scott for getting that maiden win out of the way and for his astuteness and experience in knowing the horse intimately and what he is capable of.
A huge well done to all concerned …here’s hoping DAD’S BOY will chalk up a couple more in the not too distant future.