Pagoh ends strong to take first vic­tory

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Shirley Way

PLAN A: Jockey Chris Kear­ney puts trainer Kaye Hill’s Plan A in place to give Pagoh his first vic­tory – the 1200m Grand Ho­tel Class B Hand­i­cap at the Gayn­dah Races on Oc­to­ber 11. PAGOH, a pre­vi­ously un­placed and “frus­trat­ing” horse, thrilled his own­ers with his first win on Satur­day at the Gayn­dah races.

Co-owner and Gympie trainer Kaye Hill let out whoops of de­light, and de­clared the 1200m Class B Hand­i­cap win a “big ef­fort”.

“He’s even gone fur­ther over 1400m, so it’s a bit shorter to­day for him,” Hill said.

“We had a Plan A, but we were think­ing we might go with A, B, C, D.

“(In Plan A) he was sup­posed to lead – but he didn’t; but he kept in near the fence and he just flew home – he just flew.”

Hill said Pagoh and sta­ble mate Com­man­der Bond re­ceived no spe­cial prepa­ra­tion for the Gayn­dah races.

“They work ev­ery day and tune them up with a cou­ple of gal­lops,” she said.

“Chris Kear­ney is rid­ing both of them. He’s never rid­den them be­fore in a race.”

Co-owner Barry Fitzhenry paid trib­ute to both Hill and Kear­ney, after say­ing Pagoh was not an easy horse to train.

“He’s a frus­trat­ing horse... He’s shown plenty of abil­ity, but he just hasn’t been putting in,” Fitzhenry said.

“It (the win) is sur­pris­ing be­cause Chris Kear­ney won a race for us 12 months ago in Syd­ney un­der sim­i­lar cir­cum­stances.

“We had another grey horse that stopped putting in (and) Chris sorted him out for us.”

Jockey Chris Kear­ney said rid­ing a horse with “no form” took ex­pe­ri­ence, and he’d fol­lowed ad­vice to get Pagoh in front early.

“He gets a bit du­bi­ous and doesn’t want to go for­ward, but they run him off his legs early,” Kear­ney said.

“I pushed him down the hill to the cor­ner and once he got in the clear, once he straight­ened up, he led down and won the race quite hand­somely.”


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