Sutton’s back reaching for the Starzzz
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.