Pin­grup trainer’s roller­coaster ride

Great Southern Herald - - Front Page - Cameron New­bold

Pin­grup’s Alan Smith en­dured an emotional roller­coaster while Myalup trainer Justin War­wick dom­i­nated the early part of last Sun­day’s Al­bany Cup card in a dramatic day of rac­ing at Percy Spencer Race­course.

War­wick notched a winning dou­ble on the 10-race pro­gram when Fire­man Freddy and Dude­man­bro both broke their maiden sta­tuses in con­trast­ing styles.

Fire­man Freddy, a $3.40 chance on the tote, came from third on the home turn for jockey Chris Parn­ham to over­haul a gal­lant True Power by a nose on the line, with the fast-fin­ish­ing Olaf a half-head away in third.

In the Hel­loworld Lower York St Fash­ions On Field Maiden (1600m), Dude­man­bro burst down the out­side late to win by three-quar­ters of a length over So Edgy.

Hoop Jar­rad Noske had the sec­ond favourite in the back half of the field and was eighth on the turn but at­tacked the line strongly late to win on de­but. “(Dude­man­bro) can ob­vi­ously stay and he’ll be com­pet­i­tive in 2000m races,” War­wick said.

“It was a very or­di­nary bunch but he’s a big skinny kid who doesn’t know what it’s about still.”

Veteran Gal­inba Blast gave Smith some much-needed joy in the Amaz­ing Al­bany In Au­tumn Hand­i­cap (2070m), the veteran stayer winning a third race in four starts.

Smith had Al­bany Cup run­ner Jet­son Ex­press break down dur­ing the fea­ture race with torn sus­pen­sory and fet­lock lig­a­ments and he will be re­tired from rac­ing.

How­ever, Smith was filled with emo­tion as Gal­inba Blast surged home to beat Kostyazilch in the fi­nal race.

“It’s the highs and lows of rac­ing,” Smith said.

“Its just in­cred­i­ble an old horse can come back like he has.”

Mean­while, de­vel­op­ing type Count Kala won his sec­ond race for trainer Allen McNa­mara, jockey Peter Hall lift­ing the four-year-old up by a nose over Force El­e­ment in race 7.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Benson

Alan Smith-trained Jet­son Ex­press pic­tured last week.

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