A MASTERFUL ride by Terry Treichel – with a few wise words of advice from Garah trainer Campbell Roberts – paved the way for veteran sprinter-miler Counterspy to end the winning run of boom galloper Kyogle Town at Moree yesterday.
Kyogle Town, with Tamworth apprentice Sophie Young on board, was attempting its sixth win from as many starts but failed by a neck to run down Roberts’ tough old gelding in the 1200m Gwydir Pest Service BM-65 Handicap.
Roberts turned up at Moree yesterday half-confident that Counterspy could cause an upset – and the cause of his confidence was the booking of ace hoop Terry Treichel, who had already won earlier in the day on Peter Sinclair’s Crackin’ Crown.
“This horse needs a stand-over jockey like Terry for him to do something,” Roberts said.
“I left it up to Terry. That’s why you put blokes like him on. I told him he was the best jockey in the race, so to show some initiative.
“Apprentices have ridden him twice and he’s done absolutely nothing for them and I came to the meeting thinking he’d run a good race with Terry on him.
“I was always worried about Kyogle Town – he was coming hard at us at the end,” he said.
Treichel “pinched” the race a long way from home when he speared Counterspy – a well-known back-marker – to the front 600m out.
Under 61kg, Counterspy (4-1) held the small field at bay to score by a neck from 7-4 on favourite Kyogle Town with Unikin (4-1) three parts of a length away third.
“I’d love to have a stable full of horses like this one,” Roberts said.
“He’s not the best we’ve ever had by a long shot but, gee, he’s been a nice horse to us.
“We gave the second horse five or six kilos so it was a nice win.”
Treichel said Counterspy gave his all under its big weight in a front-running role that didn’t suit.
“I expected them to go along a bit quicker than what they did,” Treichel said.
“In bigger fields he usually gets back and today I expected him to be running last and tailing them.
“But he was able to be up outside the leader and travelling quite well because they didn’t go that quick early.
“I kept him going before the corner because I reckoned with that sort of weight his momentum might just keep him rolling.
“The move paid off but he had nothing at the end.
“He was trying his hardest and I just kept nursing him along without punishing him,” he said.
Peter Blanch, trainer of runner-up Kyogle Town, was philosophical about his crack gelding’s luckless second.
“I think he’s looking for 1400m and he probably would’ve won had he gone straight – he ducked in two or three times in the straight,” he said.