New Seymour track a dream ride
Callow started moving her through a gap four wide.
After they straightened he got her into the open and started to chase.
By the 200 m she was firing on all eight cylinders and started mowing them down to win by a neck.
Callow said she jumped well and this had been the right sort of race for her — and the blinkers certainly helped.
‘‘She travelled nicely and hit the line well,’’ Callow said.
‘‘I was also very happy with the track, it was my first ride here since it has been reopened — credit to the club, they have got it right.’’
In the second — the $23 000 Ben Davey Plumbing Plate maiden over 1100 m — Callow kept his ride Peko just behind the two leaders and clear of the rest of the field.
By the 650 m Callow had her camped right on the heels of the front runners Sutphin Boulevard and Royal Opera.
And just as he had in the first race Callow came around the bend three horses wide and then asked the question.
At the 200 m Royal Opera looked strong but Callow was all but picking Peko up and carrying it as he urged her on.
Finally, in the shadows of the post the favourite finally looked to good and Callow had a double.
‘‘I thought this was a moral today, this horse — in her last prep she always seemed to run into one just a bit better,’’ Callow said.
‘‘They found a suitable race today with a suitable barrier and then we were able to add the suitable run.
‘‘Colin (trainer Colin Little) was a bit worried about the start but she did well and, really, she was the best horse in the race and when I pushed her she was always going to beat them.’’
By the time he reached the barrier for the $23 000 GD and SL O’Sullivan Builders maiden over 1300 m he was the punters’ pal.
On board May Be Fate he started at a tick under 4/1 but 20/1 had been quoted in overnight markets.
At the 400 m going around the bend Callow pushed May Be Fate forward and it was like de´ ja` vu all over again as he came around the bend four wide and in the clear.
He must have almost worn a running track into the surface on the turn into the straight — which would not have pleased track manager Brett Thompson who didn’t want any damage to his running surface.
At the 200 m it was a twohorse race with Callow riding hard to catch front runner Going In Style, which immediately gave up the ghost as he pulled alongside and did not run a place.
But it was a triple for Callow.
Trainer Chris Meagher said it was a great ride by Callow and he was really happy with the horse, which has taken a long while to ‘‘get where we wanted it, skin wise and ability wise and brain wise, so today showed what we thought he had’’.
Callow, who battled to keep a grin off his face, said he was happy with the ride.
‘‘I thought I might have made a little mistake and gone a bit early because I didn’t think they were riding that hard,’’ he said.
‘‘In hindsight I probably did, but you know what, fast horse, fast jockey.’’
Then in the $23 000 Mitchelton Wines Plate over 2015 m, the fourth of the day, Damian Thornton decided to get in on the act.
He steered longshot Reflect The Stars home — it paid $13 on Supertab — by more than a length and backed that up with Foot Foot for Patrick Keane in the $20 000 Seymour Toyota Handicap over 1600 m.
But that was as close as he got to catching Callow.
Seymour track manager Brett Thompson said the troubled track had held up really well after its first full race meeting on November 15.
‘‘It was very good after that, we just had some bruising and stuff like that but overall it came through pretty well,’’ Thompson said.
‘‘The feedback from jockeys was good, I spoke to several of them and they were pretty happy with it,’’ he said.
‘‘It has enjoyed some rain and pretty much all we have had to do is mow it.’’
The track was rated a good four for Monday with the running rail out 3 m (it was 2 m last meeting) for the whole circuit.
Triumphant: Brett Holburt/Racing Photo