The win has been an unfolding story over the best part of four years as explained later in this article.
Coming off two promising jumpouts during October, the 3YO son of Jukebox ran down odds-on favourite Hughie to win the 1100m Hamilton Flooring Xtra Maiden Plate.
In what was a lovely ride by regular stable rider Mel Julius, the pair positioned up behind the leading pair before going to the post under no more than hands and heels riding.
The ease of the win belied the $18 fixed starting price, where all three totes across Australia paid out beyond $20.
His only previous start at Bendigo in May, brought back unwanted memories of his mum Pink Pig, Daniel’s description of her not for printing.
He reared in the barriers and missed the start before trailing the field to the winning post.
Daniel wanted to quickly eliminate his debut experience based on his mother’s race day antics.
Dale also raced Pink Pig, who was initially trained by Austy Coffey, before landing with Daniel.
She had ability, winning a Mildura maiden with Austy, but her antics rendered her ‘run less’ with our stable.
Her only ‘nearly’ racetrack appearance for the stable was at Naracoorte where she reared behind the gates dislodging and was subsequentially scratched as an odds-on favorite.
From that point she was not re-instated to race and was retired to the breeding barn.
Dale’s mating with speedy sire Jukebox is the result we had the thrill of witnessing on Friday.
As Daniel explained, the win was a pleasing result all round.
“After all the antics of his mum, the breeding result and win is a great result for his owner Dale.
It’s all great satisfaction for myself and the team.
We had to be patient with the horse, a few little niggles and then the Bendigo episode, but the win makes it all worthwhile.”
Daniel will now look forward for some options in his age bracket.
“You would think a 3YO BM64 would be perfect stepping stone at this stage of his career.
Congratulations to Dale and his family.