Despite many hours travelling in the float to Port Macquarie on Friday 6th March 2015, our runners COURT VICTORY and OAKWOOD LADY took it all in their stride and were winners of their respective events.
After success with Qamar at the Mid-North Coast racetrack back in November 2014, Scott had identified these races for his charges and once again his assessments were spot on.
TWO RUNNERS - TWO WINNERS, a fantastic result for the stable and deservedly so after all of the hard work and care that goes into every horse is reaping the rewards for our owners.
In race one and sporting a brilliant set of new owners' colours, OAKWOOD LADY, a three-year old brown filly by California Dane justified her favouritism ($2.40) by notching up her first win after five minor placings from her previous ten starts, in doing so, emulated her dam's winning record.
Misa Eire, the dam, raced by the same connections was also trained by Scott is proving to be a successful combination.
From barrier seven, the filly was ridden positively from the gates settling just behind the leaders, on the fence. Gold Beret then made a move at the 750 metre mark and led shortly afterwards, to avoid being caught in a pocket, jockey Kevin May angled his mount off the rail to sit outside the leader and held that position until horse and rider entered the home straight.
Once balanced, it was time to go, Kevin gave OAKWOOD LADY some rein and she began to quicken and under his urgings was increasing the margin to the second horse with every stride, the lead was now two lengths - 200 metres from home.
With her momentum up and being maintained by the jockey, the filly had drawn well clear, winning comfortably by three and a quarter lengths in the time of 56.30 coming home the last 600 metres in 34.16 - the quickest sectional of the day.
We would like to congratulate the owners, Messrs P Smith, S Smith and B J Bartlett on OAKWOOD LADY breaking her maiden status and thank them for their continued support and anticipate a bright future for their filly.
Whilst on the subject of breaking their maiden status, our only other runner, the five-year old bay gelding COURT VICTORY was another to do so, and he certainly did it in style.
After being off the scene for eight months and a transfer of stables, the son of Volitant was definately appreciating the change of environment and daily routines by producing a scintillating second up performance, despite being a drifter in the betting market ( $5 - $8.50 ).
After jumping cleanly from his outside barrier (12) but wide with four horses inside him, jockey Kevin May didn't apply any undue pressure to his mount, letting the horse stride along well within his comfort zone.
Approaching the 800 metres Kevin had COURT VICTORY travelling nicely, so much so that he decided to take the gelding to the front. It was a winning move, rounding the home turn a couple of lengths in front and still getting along at a good clip, the final effort was asked for and did COURT VICTORY deliver !.
Under hands and heels and the occassional wave of the whip, the duo careered away to win by four and a quarter lengths ... hard held ... WOW !. The time taken to cover the 1200 metre journey was 1-05.73 and 35.12 for the final 600 metres.
To the members of the Drew Family, Mrs W P Swadling, Mrs J M Vivers and Ms C M Brown ...WELL DONE, we are so pleased that you gave us the opportunity and had faith in our ability to get COURT VICTORY into the WINNERS stall and going forward, more wins.