Whit­sun­day horse more than a name

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT - By Kea­gan Ryan

RAC­ING

A LEAD­ING sprinter in North Queens­land, who has ac­cu­mu­lated more than $140,000 in ca­reer win­nings, brands the re­gion ev­ery­where he goes.

Whit­sun­day Ex­press is a horse owned by trainer Ben Wil­liams, Tony So­den (Long­ford Creek) and Whit­sun­day Pro­duce’s Melda and Bryan James and Joh Schreiber of Bowen.

The seven-year-old geld­ing was named ac­cord­ing to the own­ers’ lo­ca­tion, while ‘ Ex­press’ hails from the horse’s fam­ily – an off-spring of Ex­press Train.

The group of own­ers pur­chased Whit­sun­day Ex­press five years ago at the Magic Mil­lions’ March sales as a year­ling be­fore break­ing him in and un­leash­ing him as a two-year-old.

How­ever Whit­sun­day Ex­press has proven to be any­thing but just another name at the race track, boast­ing 12 ca­reer wins in­clud­ing a lu­cra­tive $32,000 vic­tory in the two-year-old plate at Can­non Park (Cairns) in Oc­to­ber 2009.

“He is as good a horse as you’d wish for in North Queens­land,” trainer Wil­liams said.

“He is one of the high­est rated sprint­ers in the re­gion. He is a nice horse and has been a lit­tle bit un­for­tu­nate. In­juries plagued him head­ing into the Townsville Car­ni­val this year.”

Whit­sun­day Ex­press was ex­pected to com­pete at the Bowen Cup ear­lier this month; how­ever he was a late scratch­ing due to a pulled mus­cle.

De­spite the sprinter’s age and health con­cerns, So­den be­lieves Whit­sun­day Ex­press can power on yet. “He’s ready to come­back,” he said. “He had a lit­tle bit of a break with a pulled mus­cle but he’s ready to go.”

Whit­sun­day Ex­press’ re­turn will start to­day in Townsville, when he takes on the 1000m KON­AMI Hand­i­cap worth $13,000.

Whit­sun­day Ex­press will be rid­den by Gra­ham Kliese from bar­rier six in a field of seven.

FIRST PAST THE POST: Whit­sun­day Ex­press claims a race in Townsville in May. Here he is rid­den by jockey Gra­ham Kliese. Photo by Mike Mills Pho­tog­ra­phy - Townsville.

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