TODD Willan pulled the right rein to win just his second ever race at Tamworth on Monday.
The Muswellbrook trainer had initially nominated Watch King for a race at Scone tomorrow but then he saw Monday’s New Function Centre Now Open Maiden Handicap (1200m) was “light on” and with nominations extended he was able to lodge a late entry. Watch King reciprocated by arriving late to grab Stay Positive on the line for a half neck win.
At his previous start he’d run fifth at Scone.
“But he got caught behind a wall of horses,” Willan said.
On Monday Watch King’s jockey, Shane Arnold, said he got “caught deep” again.
“But we had cover,” Arnold told the young Muswellbrook trainer of a gelding who “put in” to zoom home.
“He’s a nice horse,” Arnold said.
Willan thinks so, especially as the son of O’Reilly won him his first race at Muswellbrook.
He is the only horse he has racing despite having 15 in work.
“Most are breakers or in pre-training,” the former jockey said.
He’s been training almost two years after increasing weight ended his hopes of a riding career.
He enjoys breaking-in and his second race win felt pretty good too.
“He (Watch King) had to work hard for that too,” he said.
“There’s a bit of promise there.”
Both for horse and trainer.
o Meanwhile, Muswellbrook Race Club is preparing for a huge Cup
It races again next Tuesday (October 22) with the running of the $20,000 South Muswellbrook Cup (1450m), the traditional lead up to the $65,000 Muswellbrook Gold Cup (1500m) on Melbourne Cup day, November 5.
Nominations for the South Muswellbrook Cup meeting close 11am today.
o Three horses – Best Of Memories, Mr Giggles and Orifica – share top billing in Saturday’s feature race at Inverell Jockey Club’s five-race non-TAB meeting.