Wexford team nets big Hastings result
But ask any observer of international racing and you would have been told he was one of the best, champion three-year- old of Italy in 2011 and then one of the best stayers imported to Hong Kong.
When he arrived in New Zealand early last year, however, any thoughts of extending to his international record were entirely wishful.
‘‘He had two very ordinary looking front tendons and when the vets checked him out they sort of shook their heads and said ‘good luck’,’’ recalls Andrew Scott.
‘‘All we could do was throw him out on the hills and hope for the best.
‘‘So we rang Eve Holmes out at Grande Vue Lodge and told her to find the steepest paddock you’ve got.
‘‘Anyway it worked. More than a year later the legs were as hard as concrete and we put him into work.’’
Lance O’Sullivan’s comment after Saturday’s $250,000 race that the win was right up there with his greatest thrills gives some idea of its significance.
‘‘You never say it out loud until you’ve done it, but when you get a horse like this and to get back to somewhere near his best, that’s such a good feeling.
Umesh, one of our Indian trackwork boys, has done a wonderful job, Craig (Grylls) is a big part of it too and everyone else has done their bit.
The grey Willie Cazals (Craig Grylls) gets up to beat the favourite Humidor in Saturday’s $250,000 Livamol Classic at Hastings.