Breakthrough for FNQ mount
NEW Caledonia’s breakthrough win at Cannon Park in the first event yesterday afternoon was Far North Queensland through and through.
The three-year-old was bred at Kensington Park Horse Agistment and Stud in Mareeba and broke its maiden status at its fourth start. Trained locally by Scott Cooper and ridden to perfection by Stephen Wilson, owner Mark Marriott was lost for words.
Marriott and his family bred the horse and own it outright.
“The horse was born and raised here in North Queensland,” Marriott said.
“It is wonderful, it is very humbling.
“We have gone through a four-year journey with this horse and to be here and see it win today is bloody fantastic.”
New Caledonia claimed the Carlton Mid QTIS Threeyear-old Maiden Handicap ahead of Trevor Rowe’s Why Oh Why and Cooper stable mate Kensington Star. Marriott believes key gear changes – they took the tongue tie and blinkers of the horse for the run – paid dividends.