Aptly named the ‘Newmarket of the Bush’, the major sprint race of the Warrnambool 3 Day Carnival was a target race for Daniel as he explained to RSN’s Andrew Bensley after the race.
“I don’t train jumpers, so this race and the Cup are the target races for me.”
At only his second start for the stable, the 5YO galloper was given a super ride by the now three-time Wangoom winner Dean Yendall.
Confident the horse could win, overnight rain and a very heavy track were the only question marks against the horse.
“I set him for the race, I told everyone if it was soft, I was extremely confident, when it got heavy it was just unknown, he hadn’t raced on anything like it.”
To help offset the unknown, the race plan with Yendall was to go forward.
“We decided to race in the first four horses, get him into a rhythm and hope he got through it, Dean rode him perfectly.”
Thankful the owners decided to give him a chance with the galloper, Daniel was also mindful of his previous trainer Ryan Balfour.
“He came to me in terrific condition, very fit, I know its tough when you lose horses to other stables, its happened to me.”
When asked about future plans, a Group One race that already sits proudly among the stable’s silverware came to mind.
“I am not sure maybe a race like the Rupert Clarke, I have only had him for about six weeks, so I am still learning about the horse.”
Begood Toya Mother was a Rupert Clarke winner back in 2019.
Outlaws Revenge started a $6 chance and held out last year’s winner Frankie Pinot to score by one 1.25 lengths.