TIM MCINTOSH celebrated his first racing double as a trainer when he and his partner, apprentice jockey Sam Clenton, snared a race-to-race double at Muswellbrook’s Skellatar Park yesterday.
The Muswellbrook stable celebrated first when a Snip Of Magic won yesterday’s $15,000 Bretts Maintenance Class 1 Handicap (1000m).
Then some 40 minutes later they were back in the winner’s stall when Vicar won the $15,000 Markey Insurance Class 1 Plate (1750m).
That Snip Of Magic was involved made it better for McIntosh, a former apprentice jockey.
“He was my first winner (as a trainer),” McIntosh said.
“We’ve had a few niggly little problems with him but he goes all right.
“He hasn’t missed a place in his last eight starts for us.
“He’s been real good to us.”
Vicar then notched the double for McIntosh and Clenton in impressive fashion, made even more impressive by the fact they are the only two horses McIntosh has in work that are racing.
“When I legged Sam up I had every intention of leading,” he said off a gelding previously trained by Cody Morgan.
“At his last start he had just got in behind them and grinded away.
“But they went a bit quick for him today and Sam took a sit.
“She rode him a treat actually,” he said.
“He ran home strongly.
“So it was my first double.
“It came a bit quicker than I thought it would but I’ll take it,” he said.
“We’ve got some Christmas funds now to buy a few more presents too.”
Snip Of Magic might also receive a “restive festive” present.
“We might give him a few weeks in a paddock over Christmas – freshen him up,” McIntosh said.
“He’s had a couple of quick back-ups.
“We might do the right thing by him because he’s done the right thing for us.
“I was going to start Vicar in a Class 1 at Quirindi on Boxing Day but have to look somewhere else now.”
Scone trainer Rod Northam also continued his good run when Husswick also popped up at Muswellbrook yesterday.
Northam had won the Christmas Cup at Scone with Prior Baron last Friday after Myamira had won at Warwick Farm last Wednesday.