New Sey­mour track a dream ride

Seymour Telegraph - - SPORT - Dreamwaker rid­den by Noel Cal­low wins the Avenel Equine Hos­pi­tal 3YO Maiden Plate at Sey­mour Race­course on Mon­day. May Be Fate rid­den by Noel Cal­low wins the GD & SL O’Sul­li­van Builders Maiden Plate at Sey­mour Race­course on Mon­day. Noel Cal­low re­turns to

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


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