Sut­ton’s back reach­ing for the Starzzz

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Racing - MICHAEL COURT

THERE’S noth­ing like a stew­ards-en­forced hol­i­day to ig­nite the fire in your belly.

Cer­tainly that has been the case for for­mer Vic­to­rian reins­man Leigh Sut­ton, who is now based at Menangle Park in Syd­ney’s south-west.

Fol­low­ing an un­timely sus­pen­sion where Sut­ton ad­mit­ted he reached a low ebb, the young reins­man has bounced back keener than ever to land win­ners in the sport he has de­voted his life to.

Sut­ton only has two drives on to­day’s nine-race card at Menangle, both of them for his trainer/ wife Tiarn and both will start at dou­ble-fig­ure prices.

Yet Sut­ton feels has al­ready beaten the odds.

He re­sumed race driv­ing at Pen­rith two weeks ago and landed a long-priced win­ner when Team Of Starzzz scored an ex­cit­ing win.

Sut­ton was at it again on Sat­ur­day night at Menangle when he again scored with Team Of Starzzz, and again at big odds, only this time it gave Tiarn her first metropoli­tan win­ner.

“My legs and arms were still shak­ing with ex­cite­ment about 15 min­utes after the race,” said Tiarn.

“I’m just so happy for the own­ers too . . . I had tears in my eyes as it was so great.

“Team Of Starzzz has been go­ing well and we just threw him in at Menangle as we felt he could earn well.

“When he drew the weaker M0 I felt he had a good chance.

“It was a pearler of a drive from Leigh.

“He seems to get that lit­tle bit ex­tra out of the horse as he’s got an affin­ity with him.”

Leigh said he was now lov­ing life and lov­ing his job.

“While I do wish it [the sus­pen­sion] had never hap­pened it was prob­a­bly the best thing that has hap­pened in a long time,” he said.

“It was great to be back out on the track and to get a win on my first night was ter­rific.

“It was even bet­ter win­ning with one trained by Tiarn.”

The Sut­tons will be hop­ing for an­other up­set win to­day when Leigh takes the reigns be­hind Art Of Grange ($41) in Race 2 and Yan­kee Di­a­mond ($21) in Race 3 at Tab­corp Park Menangle.

Both horses have drawn the pole (gate one) sug­gest­ing Tiarn will be hop­ing Sut­ton can again weave his magic and get one, if not both of them home.

The young trainer, who mixes her time be­tween train­ing horses and rais­ing their two chil­dren, also has Choisir Damour in Race 1, with the $9 shot to be driven by Tiarn’s fa­ther, ace free­lance reins­man Glenn McEl­hin­ney.

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