The owners of COURT VICTORY had reason to celebrate after their horse was victorious in the John Barilaro Benchmark 50 Handicap run at the Southern Districts racetrack on Monday 27th April 2015. It was a fine training performance by Scott, the horse was not only coming off a month between runs but had to cope with the increase in distance, 1460 metres compared to the 1100 metres of the horse's previous start and COURT VICTORY handled it with aplomb, doing his owners proud.
Despite below zero temperatures overnight and a chilly but clear autumn day forecast, the racing surface was in good order. Nick Heywood, a two kilo claiming apprentice jockey was booked to ride the three runners for the stable but after the scratching of Sir Avton, it was down to two. After finishing runner up in race four earlier in the day on Scott's horse ABBALAC, Nick was keen to go one better in the last of the day. Upon assessment of where the previous winners were positioned in running, it appeared that it would be an advantage to be in or near the lead, so that was the plan and that would suit COURT VICTORY as was shown in him winning by over four lengths at Port Macquarie two starts earlier.
The five-year-old grandson of Flying Spur out of Hurricane Heights (Hurricane Sky) flew the gates from barrier six and was vying for the lead shortly afterwards. Approaching the 1200 metres Nick had his mount in front and rolling along at a fair rate, this remained the case passing the 1000 metres and just prior to the home turn, approximately 450 metres from home, the rider decided it was time to get going and give the rest of the field something to chase. On reaching the 300 metre mark, COURT VICTORY had a gap of three lengths to the second horse, the locally trained mare Inflatable Miss. Both horse and jockey had victory in their sights and they didn't disappoint the connections winning by three and a quarter lengths in the time of 1:27.06, starting at the nice odds of $11.
It was a bold front running display by COURT VICTORY, bred by the Drew family, making it the second win from four starts since joining our stable.
Thank you so much to the owners for their support and we're sure you will be "holding court" yet again in the not too distant future.