Ran­som pays his way

Townsville Bulletin - - Racing Race Results - By CRAIG BAX­TER

A SOUTH­ERN cam­paign is in the off­ing for lightly raced gal­loper Ran­som Rea­son, who of­fered fur­ther ev­i­dence of his po­ten­tial with an ex­cit­ing first-up win at Clu­den Park yes­ter­day.

The hulk­ing five-year-old brought up the fifth win of a ca­reer re­stricted by leg prob­lems to just six starts when he pow­ered home in the $12,000 Happy NewYear Class 4 Hand­i­cap (1200m).

Ran­som Rea­son ($3 eq fav) yes­ter­day set­tled to­wards the rear of the field and had plenty of work still to do on turn­ing for home.

But he ate up the ground for jockey Chris White­ley to score by half a length from smart three-year-old Dom­i­nate King ($3 eq fav), who looked to have pinched a win­ning break.

Ran­som Rea­son’s ef­fort was even more im­pres­sive given the very fast time for the last 600m of 33.73 sec­onds.

Ather­ton trainer Janel Ryan was jus­ti­fi­ably thrilled with the win.

‘ ‘ Wi t h h i m b e i n g a backmarker and the rail be­ing out five-and-a-half me­tres, we thought he was some chance,’’ Ryan said.

‘‘But af­ter this, I can’t see him be­ing beaten up here.’’

Ryan said she had been qui­etly con­fi­dent of vic­tory when the field turned for home.

‘‘When he started mov­ing for­ward at the 800m I thought, ‘this is it’, be­cause I know what he can do when they straighten up,’’ Ryan said.

‘‘Chris said when they jumped he could have held him by a piece of thread but when he let him go he just mo­tored up to them and let down in the straight.’’

Ran­som Rea­son is raced by Townsville Turf Club com­mit­tee­man Kevin O’Keefe, who bought the son of Red Ran­som as an un­raced, un­named four- year-old for a mod­est sum at a Syd­ney dis­per­sal sale.

Ryan hopes to ven­ture south with a team in­clud­ing Ran­som Rea­son in com­ing weeks.

‘‘There are a cou­ple in the stable we’d like to take south, prob­a­bly in the lat­ter part of Jan­uary,’’ Ryan said.

‘‘I just hope he pulls up all right, ev­ery start’s a bonus, ev­ery win’s a bonus.’’

Pre­mier Gold Coast jockey White­ley ex­pected Ran­som Rea­son to prove ‘very com­pet­i­tive’ in the south.

‘‘He’s a nice horse and looks like he’s go­ing to go fur­ther,’’ White­ley said.

‘‘He looks like he’s got a fair bit of class on them here.’’

Ran­som Rea­son pro­vided the sec­ond leg of a win­ning dou­ble for White­ley, who con­tin­ued a re­mark­able re­cent strike rate on his for­mer home track.

‘‘Since I started com­ing back up here in July I think there’s only been one meet­ing where I haven’t rid­den a win­ner,’’ White­ley said.

White­ley leads the Clu­den Park premiership with 19 wins, six clear of reign­ing pre­mier jockey Gra­ham Kliese.

Ear­lier, hon­est sprinter Back of House made a de­served break­through with his de­ci­sive win in the Noel’s Place Class 2 Hand­i­cap (1000m).

Back of House ($3.30) over­came a wide bar­rier as he dashed clear in the home straight to bring up his first win in North Queens­land.

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GOT THEM COV­ERED . . . Ather­ton gal­loper Ran­som Rea­son (Chris White­ley) storms to an im­pres­sive firstup vic­tory over Dom­i­nate King, cen­tre, in yes­ter­day’s Class 4 Hand­i­cap at Clu­den

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