Nothing shameless about RICH AND SHAMELESS after he lived up to his name, treating his rivals with complete contempt showing no shame in the way he won.
Winner of race three, the 1350m Vinery Stud Maiden Handicap at Scone, the 3-year-old bay or brown gelding by up and coming stallion Shamus Award out of the Danehill line mare Think Fast put the writing on the wall at his previous start when he hit the line stoutly over a shorter distance (1100m).
Mitchell Bell was on top again, RICH AND SHAMELESS had drawn barrier five in a field of thirteen runners. His allocated weight was 57kgs and the race would be run on a track rated as a Good 3. The moveable rail was set in the true position.
Punters, aware of his prior effort were keen to “get on”. Early markets had the horse at $10, but that price didn’t last long, RICH AND SHAMELESS firmed in the betting to start at $4 and second favourite.
In the barriers just before they jumped, Mitchell had his mount ready to go. The gates swung open and the pair began well, maybe too well in fact, with RICH AND SHAMELESS only a length or so off the leader, Mary Magpie, after travelling 100 metres.
Shortly afterwards, the favourite, Scatman ($3) made a move forward from out wide, along with one of the outsiders in the betting, Terry Tuffnut ($151). Eventually Scatman took up the running and at the 800 metres mark, led by two lengths. Terry Tuffnut settled second, Mary Magpie sat third with RICH AND SHAMELESS in fourth one off the fence and travelling nicely.
Positioning remained much the same 600 metres from home. Mitchell was rating his horse to perfection and with the home turn approaching and anticipating tiring horses coming back into their laps, eased RICH AND SHAMELESS out a little wider so that they had clear running.
On rounding the bend the jockey has his horse four wide, doing it fairly easily, in readiness for the final effort. The leader still Scatman was beginning to up the tempo and was kicking strongly. RICH AND SHAMELESS was asked to go and began closing on the runner ahead of him.
Just after the 200 metres marker RICH AND SHAMELESS hit the front, full of running. Jockey Bell kept his mount’s mind on the job with an occasional slap on the rump. The pair were maintaining their rhythm and holding the others at bay.
It was left to the John Sargent - trained Holy Sunday to issue a late challenge, he was coming home strongly out towards the middle of the track. Nearing the finish line, RICH AND SHAMELESS held a slender margin and went past the winning post half a head in front of the fast finisher.
It appeared as if the wand of the one and only “Scott The Gear Tinkerer” had worked it’s magic once more, adding a nose roll to RICH AND SHAMELESS’s gear before the horse’s run, also at Scone, fourteen days prior.
Congratulations to Anthony Harrington and his partners. What a nice win by your horse and considering his breeding and type, the win will give him every confidence to record more victories going forward.
A great ride by Mitchell, a job well done by the Team and finally to Scott for identifying the need for the gear change … Thank You.