The Sunday Mail (Queensland)

BOBAN TRI­UMPH

Rain can’t stop dry tracker tak­ing Mem­sie

- MATT STEWART

THE leg­end of Boban – barn­stormer, neme­sis, multi-mil­lion­aire – con­tin­ues to grow.

The cheers are now drown­ing out the jeers, with the fickle sprinter yesterday de­fy­ing a gang-up of fac­tors, in­clud­ing a soft­en­ing track and a no-go zone close to the in­side rail, to bob his way to vic­tory in the first Group 1 race of the new sea­son.

Even those close to the peren­nial car­ni­val player, the bois­ter­ous group who warmed up an oth­er­wise icy mount­ing yard, thought con­di­tions had con­spired against them in the Mem­sie Stakes.

One of his own­ers cor­nered club chair­man Mike Sy­mons be­fore the race, ob­ject­ing that the late start of the Mem­sie had al­lowed the weather gods to muddy their chances.

The rain that kept com­ing would usu­ally have thwarted the dry tracker but it ap­peared noth­ing would stop Boban.

The rails was “off’ but vet­eran Syd­ney jockey Glyn Schofield stuck to a pre-race plan that pro­moted the idea of the short­est route home.

Boban, backed into $5.50 favouritis­m, sailed up the no-go zone, col­lar­ing En­tirely Plat­inum ($9.50) and Stra­tum Star ($9) to win by a head.

It was Boban’s fifth Group 1 win in a ca­reer of many chap­ters – from elec­tri­fy­ing early days, to costly few sea­sons in the wilder­ness, to res­ur­rected via a Doomben 10,000 win dur­ing this year’s Bris­bane Win­ter Car­ni­val.

He now stands as the first “point scorer’’ of a spring that will quickly be­come tougher.

Justine Hales, rep­re­sent­ing trainer Chris Waller, said the track was a neg­a­tive but Boban’s ticker wasn’t.

“He snuck up the rail and luck­ily they all peeled off,’’ Hales said.

“He wasn’t re­ally lik­ing the track much but he’s got a big heart.

“He’s very tough and he tries all the time.’’

Part-owner Brett Carty emerged from the cheer­ing throng to speak about the “amaz­ing jour­ney’’ of be­ing as­so­ci­ated with one of the best, and at times most maligned, big-name horses in the land.

“He just keeps de­liv­er­ing. We’re thrilled, amaz­ing,’’ he said, adding Waller had tar­geted the Orr six weeks ago.

“What he’s (Waller) done with Boban to­day … he’s just trained him to the minute,’’ Carty said.

He de­scribed Boban and Schofield as “a great pair’’ and Schofield’s broad smile as he re­turned to the mount­ing yard sug­gested he had a spe­cial af­fec­tion for Boban.

He had been crit­i­cised about a year ago for not quite tak­ing a gap here be­hind Dis­si­dent but he wasn’t go­ing quite as well back then

BRETT CARTY ON BOBAN

“He is ex­plo­sive when you ride him, quite dy­namic ,’’ he said.

“He had been crit­i­cised about a year ago for not quite tak­ing a gap here be­hind Dis­si­dent but he wasn’t go­ing quite as well back then.

“But he’s rack­ing them up quick and fast now.’’

Ul­ti­mately, the horses best placed to win the Orr – as op­posed to the big names us­ing it as a step­ping stone to big­ger things – dom­i­nated the race.

Peter Moody would not talk to the media, a self-im­posed ban over a stake­money freeze re­lat­ing to his cobalt charges, but he would have been sat­is­fied with Hi World’s first-up fifth.

Donna Lo­gan, trainer of top-class Kiwi Volk­stock’n’bar­rell, said pre-race she was not ex­pect­ing the Rose­hill Guineas win­ner to win and she was sat­is­fied with his sev­enth plac­ing.

 ??  ?? SHORT­CUT HOME: Glyn Schofield (right) on­board Boban wins the Mem­sie Stakes at Caulfield yesterday from En­tirely Plat­inum (mid­dle) and Stra­tum Star. Pic­ture: Colleen Petch
SHORT­CUT HOME: Glyn Schofield (right) on­board Boban wins the Mem­sie Stakes at Caulfield yesterday from En­tirely Plat­inum (mid­dle) and Stra­tum Star. Pic­ture: Colleen Petch

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