AN ISLE OF SMILE AT LAST
MORIAC trainer Kath Durden describes The Black Isle as the opposite of stable star Wells.
While the champion jumper will do anything to win, it doesn’t take much for The Black Isle to lose focus.
The five-year-old, 26-start maiden ran second last in Thursday’s $50,000 Hotham, a race at Ballarat designed for the state’s slowest horses.
“I came here thinking I’ve had a lot of luck here,” Durden said.
“I was expecting the horse to run in the money or be hard to beat.
“(Jockey) Melissa (Julius) said he jumped out of the gates, got a bit of a squeeze and just said ‘no thanks, very much’.”
But the Durdens didn’t leave Ballarat empty-handed.
Corporate bookie Sportsbet, which sponsored the race, gave the two runners that missed out on prizemoney in the race a trip to Queensland for the Magic Millions sales so they could buy a better horse.
They were also given a little bit of spending money.