Bet­ter Idea’s best

Eidsvold trainer wins Cup

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

HORSE RAC­ING: With a great start out of the gate and into the lead, Bet­ter Idea was placed in per­fect po­si­tion to take the win.

Rid­den by Ce­cily Ea­ton, Bet­ter Idea main­tained his lead for trainer Bob Mur­ray to take home the Gayndah Cup Open.

“He held on un­til the end and it felt re­ally good to get that win,” Mur­ray said.

“We’ve now had a win at Eidsvold, Monto and Gayndah.”

Rac­ing is a fam­ily af­fair for Mur­ray and Bet­ter Idea is owned by his two sons Chris and Mark.

Mur­ray puts suc­cess down to his horse hav­ing a big heart and the will to win, as well as a good re­la­tion­ship with the jockey.

“Ce­cily al­ways puts a lot of home­work into the horses she rides and on Satur­day she rode him ex­actly how we wanted her to,” he said.

“I be­lieve the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the jockey and horse plays a big part in suc­cess and we al­ways try to pair the same jock­eys and horses to­gether.”

Mur­ray said iden­ti­fy­ing what dis­tance his horse per­forms best at is also a fac­tor, and for Bet­ter Idea that’s 1400m to 1600m.

❝ Ce­cily al­ways puts a lot of home­work into the horses she rides...

— Bob Mur­ray

LEFT: The 2018 Gayndah Cup saw a lot of lo­cal suc­cess.

GRINNERS: Gayndah Jockey Club pres­i­dent Stu­art Kirk with win­ning trainer Bob Mur­ray and jockey Ce­cily Ea­ton. PHO­TOS: FELIC­ITY RIP­PER

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