Wex­ford team nets big Hastings re­sult

Matamata Chronicle - - Property -

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.

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The grey Wil­lie Cazals (Craig Grylls) gets up to beat the favourite Hu­mi­dor in Satur­day’s $250,000 Li­va­mol Clas­sic at Hastings.

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