He’s all heart
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.
WINNER: Huss with trainer Paula D’Addona