University gives rivals a lesson

FRANK Tanner will be hoping “handy” galloper University can expand his racing range to a little more distance after his impressive win at Inverell yesterday.

The five-year-old son of Pupil came from back in the field to mow down his opposition and win yesterday’s Butler & Gleeson Fertilizer Spreading Class 2 Handicap (1600m) by two and a quarter lengths for his Armidale trainer.

The well backed 2-1 second favourite beat favourite Change Of Face (Debbie Wilson) with Crown News (4-1) a length and a half away third.

“He’s won three for us now,”  Tanner said.

“He’s a handy horse. 

“We’d put him back into some short races to get him fit, get a bit of condition on him and then hopefully try to find a 1900m race for him somewhere.

“He’d also been an unknown quantity in the wet but he handled it no worries.

“He was three lengths off them at one stage but young Jemma (Wilson) said he travelled so well throughout. 

“She said she could have gone to the front at any stage but I’m glad she was patient and waited.

“She rode him perfectly and was starting to get right away from them at the end.”

University has won three of his 26 starts while  Wilson, who has been referred to as John Wilson on the Racing NSW website on a few occasions, has now ridden four winners.

“She’s got one more win left before losing her 4kg claim,”  Tanner said of his Armidale apprentice.

“She’s going along well.

It was a good day for 4kg apprentices at Inverell, with Sairyn Fawke winning the final two races, including the Goodwood Cup.

Terry Treichel, who won the first four races at Moree last Saturday, rode the first winner, Kenya’s Rainbow, for Inverell owner-trainer Owen Leis before Bruce Powell surged home on Toowoomba gelding Lago Ben for Michael Jeynes.