9yo out to prove win no fluke

URALLA trainer Mitch Faulkner attributed a fair bit of luck to Well Caught Marsh’s last start victory at Tamworth Paceway a fortnight ago.

On that occasion, he “had a fair bit of luck” in getting to the front to beat consistent pacers Moonbi-trained Our Orville and Tamworth pacer Soho Eros over the 1609m.

Today the nine-year-old will come up against the same pair in the Vale Perc Verning 1980m Pace at Tamworth.

“They’re a couple of handy pacers. Soho Eros (trained on the track by Tony Missen) is probably the best around the area at the moment,” Faulkner said.

“But if this bloke is lucky enough to get to the front again, he’ll be very hard to beat.

“He’s a pretty good horse when he gets to the front, especially over the mile,” he said of the gelding who can boast 22 wins and 28 placings from his 137-race career.

“Four years ago, he held the Australian record for the fastest first quarter at Menangle.”

Today’s distance is longer but Faulkner is confident he’ll handle the extra ground.

Well Caught Marsh, named after Aussie cricketing legend Rod Marsh by his Queensland owners, has only been in Faulkner’s care for three months.

“He was on his mark up there, so my mate sent him down here to me.

“He’s a lovely horse. I’d love to own him.”

Since being in the care of Faulkner, who will also gear up Inexchange in the 1980m TAB App Pace today, Well Caught Marsh has won two from six.

In his fourth he led to win over 1609m at Newcastle, then two starts later had his first look at the Tamworth circuit for a two-metres victory over 1609m again on April 24.

Faulkner though has only been back home for a little over 12 months after two driving stints in America.

“I did the 2010 season then went back again in 2012.

“I just wanted to do something different, see what they had to offer.

“There’s better prizemoney over there, more speed on because of the different track surfaces, the gigs are different – shorter and wider – and they don’t race over distances any longer than a mile (1600m).”

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