Benalla Ensign

Duck dances her way to victory

- By Meg Saultry

There is a saying rife around the Osborne camp right now — “the duck can swim”.

In more of a farmyard than racetrack in the $35,000 BM58 Handicap over 2400m at Bendigo on Sunday, the field was strung out across the track and wandering all over the place like Brown’s cows.

Except for Russell Osborne’s Dancing Duck, who took to the wet track like, well, like a duck to water; dancing away with the win by more than two lengths.

Though the five-year-old mare nearly ended up in the grandstand as her mud-spattered jockey Michael Poy pushed her to the extreme outside of the track in the home straight for the run home.

According to Russell’s daughter Olivia Osborne post-race though, Poy’s ploy wasn’t at all part of the plan.

“We got a call after Zooming Zebra went (in race five) that we weren’t to go wide on the turn,” Olivia said.

“But I said to Poy, you’ve just got to have one run, so if you end up out there, you end up out there. Poy, credit to him, had a good ride.”

“They wanted me back and not going wide, but we were following one of Bryce Stanaway’s, so we didn’t want to stay behind it too much longer, so we pulled our way out,” Poy said.

That’s twice the Duck has shown she can swim, saluting in similar conditions over the 2400m at Bendigo a month before.

And with the forecast for Sunday manifestin­g perfect conditions for the wet-weather specialist, it was enough to convince the stable to roll the dice again.

“We weren’t planning on actually coming here today after we ran last

Sunday at Benalla, but when the weather forecast said it was going to rain, Dad (Russell) pulled her out of her grassy paddock and said we’re going,” Olivia said.

“He made the right call.”

Following her win in September, Dancing Duck was far from disgraced in shorter distances and a step up in class at Wangaratta and Benalla, though was better suited to the extra bit of distance and conditions in her return to Bendigo.

Dancing Duck has four wins from 36 career starts for $133,248 in prize money. This preparatio­n has seen the Duck with two firsts, a fourth, two fifths and a sixth.

 ?? ?? Brown’s Cows: Dancing Duck left the field scattered behind her as she barrelled towards victory in The Big Screen Company Handicap at Bendigo on Sunday.
Brown’s Cows: Dancing Duck left the field scattered behind her as she barrelled towards victory in The Big Screen Company Handicap at Bendigo on Sunday.
 ?? ?? Mud-spattered Michael: Jockey Michael Poy returns to the mounting yard after taking Dancing Duck down the extreme outside of the track to win The Big Screen Company Handicap at Bendigo on Sunday.
Mud-spattered Michael: Jockey Michael Poy returns to the mounting yard after taking Dancing Duck down the extreme outside of the track to win The Big Screen Company Handicap at Bendigo on Sunday.
 ?? Photos: Brett Holburt/Racing Photos ?? Star strappers: Trainer Russell Osborne’s daughters Olivia and Sarah with Dancing Duck after winning at Bendigo on Sunday.
Photos: Brett Holburt/Racing Photos Star strappers: Trainer Russell Osborne’s daughters Olivia and Sarah with Dancing Duck after winning at Bendigo on Sunday.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia