SHEHADTOHAVEHIM broke through for his Cessnock trainer at Tamworth on Tuesday.
The big bay gelding had run three successive seconds at Cessnock, Quirindi and Tamworth before lining up in and winning Tuesday’s Carlton Mid Class 1 Maiden Plate (1600m).
The son of Sebring beat Tamworth-trained Gosses Bluff by a length, with Robert Knight’s Rex the Weapon a long neck away third.
Jeremy Sylvester prepares Shehadtohavehim for owners Phil and Leanne Moore.
“They own Star Of Octagonal,” Sylvester said.
“Robert (winning jockey Robert Thompson) said he’ll get further on that and that’s what Phil and Leanne have always wanted – wanted to step him up.
“He’s still only a three-year-old and we’ve been very patient with him.
“I’ll look around for a race over a bit more ground and then maybe tip him out.”
While he’s a big horse, he’s not as big as runner-up Gosses Bluff.
The Craig Martin-trained gelding had won his previous start at Armidale for his owners and came from last after wobbling around the turn and wandering around in the straight.
“It was a good run,” Martin said.
“He’s definitely improving.
“ We’ll keep him going while he’s travelling all right and paying the bills.”
Gosses Bluff is now where Martin thinks he can be.
“He’s a big three-year-old baby,” he said.
“The biggest horse I’ve ever had.
“He wears size nine plates and just fits into those.”
Dayzari surprised all bar trainer Mark Mason when the four-year-old gelding won Tuesday’s Tamworth City Toyota Benchmark 55 Handicap (1400m).
A 20-1 chance after a string of disappointing efforts for owners Dave and Sharon Williamson, the son of Zariz burst down the centre of the track for a long neck win from Greg Bennett’s last-start Armidale winner Quick Spur.
Mason wasn’t surprised and told chief steward Shane Cullen so after the race.
“His work has been good,” Mason said.
“I put the winkers on him at Gunnedah and his run wasn’t that bad (5th to Northern Magic).
“He got caught deep and wide and didn’t get beaten that far (3.2lens).
“I told Gibbo (Andrew Gibbons) he could run a race today. He needed a bit of luck being drawn wide again but Gibbo got him out and in a good place.”
Dayzari has won two of his 20 starts.
Muswellbrook Race Club finished with eight strong races for tomorrow’s Queen Of The Valley Matchmaker meeting at Skellatar Park.
The feature Queen Of The Valley Matchmaker finished with 12 runners including last- start winners Lucky News (Kristen Buchanan), Mystery Flight (Bill Farrow) and Just Cooking (Sue Grills) drawing 6, 4 and 7 respectively.
Hawkesbury trainer Scott Singleton has two runners, Dark Brown Sugar (5) and Cruella De Vil (2), while Scone’s Greg Bennett has Pompidou (11) and Snip ‘N’ Paste (10) drawn wide together.