ARMIDALE galloper Kingston Time proved he had sprint to spare when he came from the back of the field to register a three-length win at Barraba on Saturday.
Ridden by Geoff Snowden, the Paul Grills-trained five-year-old beat local galloper Oriental Express (Rachael Murray) by three lengths running away and third-placed Flash Attack (Sue Bigg) by a further two lengths in the 1720m Plumthorpe Pastoral Country Class 1 Plate.
But Grills admitted he had his heart in his mouth during the running.
“He jumped well and positioned himself nicely but then lost ground,” he said.
“He seemed to have trouble keeping up with them and fell back to last.
“Snowy had to wind him up and then he just sailed around them.
“When Snowy got back, he said that the horse felt like he’d win by 10 lengths when he let him go.
“But when he passed the rest of them, the horse basically stopped – thought he’d done enough.
“That’s when Snowy said he had to gee him up again. He did, and the horse won very nicely.”
Only one Queensland representative was at Barraba on Saturday but the long trip south paid dividends for Texas trainer Rod Hilton.
Ridden by jockey Glenn Lynch, three-year-old Baja Boy, raced by Hilton and his family at Texas, settled nicely into the race and came away with a one-and-a-half length victory over Zartorio Miss (Vad Bolozhinskyi) with the End (Daniel Northey) a further three-and-a half lengths away third in the 1400m J T Fossey Tamworth, Lyons Barnett Kennedy Solicitors Maiden Handicap.
Bob’s Warrior’s victory in the 1000m Victoria Hotel, G W Bucknell Memorial Maiden Plate, the first leg of apprentice jockey Vad Bolozhinskyi’s winning treble, was only the four-year-old’s third career start.
He put the writing on the wall when resuming at Moree three weeks ago to finish one length third over 950m.
At Barraba, he was a comfortable three-length winner over Seaside Tiger (Geoff Snowden), with third-placed Chandon Charlotte (Leanne Henry) a further length away.