He’s all heart

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Jessie Tol­son

MOSS­MAN horse trainer Paula D’Ad­dona cel­e­brated a win with the gen­tle gi­ant Huss, when he won the Carl­ton Mid Sprint at Can­non Park on Fri­day.

The for­mer jockey turned trainer shed tears of joy when Huss crossed the fin­ish line ahead of the pack.

But it wasn’t the prize money that to­talled near $13,000 that made her so happy, it was the horse that won the race.

Huss, the nine-year old­ch­est­nut with a heart of gold, has al­ways given 110 per cent and Ms D’Ad­dona said she loved him from the day he joined her Moss­man sta­bles.

‘‘He’s spe­cial. He’s a gen­tle­man. He tries 110 per cent. He’s awe­some,’’ she said.

‘‘ Some­times when I can’t sleep and there is a full moon I jump on him bare­back and take him for a ride.

‘‘He’s so kind-hearted you know ev­ery sin­gle time you send him out he’s go­ing to give you 110 per cent.’’

It helped that he never let her down on the race track, of­ten car­ry­ing weights up to 60kg.

But at his Cairns Am­a­teurs ap­pear­ance, Huss car­ried just 52.5kg and Ms D’Ad­dona knew he was in with a good chance, even at $10 odds.

‘‘He gets a lot of weight, I thought he was a huge chance,’’ she said.

‘‘That was a huge run in Townsville the other day car­ry­ing 60kg; they only got him in the last stride.’’

Ms D’Ad­dona said once Huss is re­tired she looks for­ward to keep­ing him on.

‘‘ He re­ally is like my best mate, I love him and look for­ward to hav­ing him re­tire here.’’

Ms D’Ad­dona came close to cel­e­brat­ing in the penul­ti­mate race of the day, when mare Me­laina Rose fin­ished sec­ond in the 1400m Class-6 hand­i­cap race.

Both star horses will travel with Ms D’Ad­dona to Townsville for a race meet on Septem­ber 21.

Pic­ture: JESSIE TOL­SON

WIN­NER: Huss with trainer Paula D’Ad­dona

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