KODY Nestor reckoned he rode Been Awakened badly at Tamworth on Friday.
He told the owners of the mare just that as he unsaddled and gave winning trainer Mark Mason a frank assessment of what had happened.
His critical marking of his own performance was welcomed but cast aside by the owners of the mare as they celebrated a good, strong win.
Dubbo-based Nestor apologised to Mark Mason and the owners as he also reckoned the daughter of Testa Rossa might win a few more.
“It was a good, tough win, she did a lot of work early,” Nestor said.
The four-year-old mare is raced by a syndicate of owners including Barraba Jockey Club president Leon Cummins, first time owner Tracey Gibson and Scone couple David and Lorraine Bates.
The Bates’, who have an electrical wholesale business in Muswellbrook, were delighted with Friday’s victory.
“She won well,” David Bates told The Leader.
“Mark did nominate her for the Inverell Cup too.”
The Tamworth trainer elected to give that race a miss and aim for success on her home track two days later.
It paid off.
“Little fish are sweet,” David Bates said in regard to Friday’s $15,000 race.
Leon Cummings believes she has more success ahead.
“We’ll have a bit of fun with her,” Cummins predicted.
Tracey Gibson already has had plenty of fun.
Been Awakened is the first horse she’s owned and she’s thrilled with the four wins so far.
* All Hunter and North West Racing Association attention now turns to Monday’s Cessnock meeting and Saturday’s big Glen Innes Cup meeting.
The $14,000 Glen Innes Cup (1400m) is the feature race on the program with five $8000 support races.
Inverell Cup winner Wolfgangs Boy and Wallabadah Cup winner Stretch are likely starters for a race where nominations close at 11am today.