Gibbo’s Wrap Up

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Well the main talking point to come out of the millions race day was the protest involving the two Waterhouse runners. It is a sticky situation that Gai was in, and one that is very hard for us to comprehend when it’s not us in the situation. I can’t comment on exactly what happened between Waterhouse, Rawiller and Berry when they apparently chatted after the race because I have no idea what was exactly said and don’t want to guess, but I will say that at the end of the day sanity prevailed. The protest had to be lodged and left to the stewards to decide.

I’ve said it in other articles- Opinions are likes backsides (everyone’s got one) and that’s what makes racing great, everyone is allowed to have differing views. Thank goodness that Tommy Berry had the intestinal fortitude to finally go ahead with the protest, because if he didn’t, I fear what the repercussions would have been. The incident took place late in the race when No Looking Back started to slide out and was taking Driefontein with it. Although he may be the best rider in the country Nash didn’t stop riding No Looking Back and didn’t straighten his mount. Many are arguing that Driefontein wouldn’t have won the race, which on face value sounds good and may actually be correct, but the other horse has pushed it off its line and didn’t allow it to race truly down the straight, therefore not allowing it every chance. That coupled with the small margin is enough to lose the race. I think it had to be upheld for that very reason, and I believe the stewards have made the correct decision. Nash simply had to straighten his horse and if he does than I don’t see there being an issue and he probably wins the race anyway.

Outside of the decision it was a funny type of millions with the first three in running being the first three runners’ home. Sizzling was very good in defeat, and you can expect some big wins in the future from him. Discreet who I thought would run well was one of the biggest runs of the race. She was skittled early and was bouncing around like a pinball. She was about 5 lengths off the third last horse and chasing all the way, but was still running on late. She is a nice horse with a bright future.

In other races of note Stratford took out the early race on the card which was built as a match race between himself and Griffon. Unfortunately Griffon bled during the race which allowed Stratford an unchallenged run to win in dominant fashion.

As Tony Gollan told us recently Spirit Of Boom is simply flying and just really likes the dry hard tracks! It’s quite funny as his half-brother Temple Of Boom likes it wetter the better. He sat off them and relaxed well for Ric McMahon who has started to gel with the son of Sequalo. That has been the plan from Gollan all prep, get a jockey that suits and who will stick with him. It is always good when a plan comes off and I caught up with Tony at the sales Sunday where he was in a very good mood as you’d expect coming off the big win. He was the under bidder on a couple of the Glenlogan horses on Saturday night, but said he had picked up around four horses during the sales and expected to get a couple more during the Sunday session. I will get a rundown over the coming weeks of his purchases for those interested. Also out of that race it is worth noting My Destiny and Adnocon were said to be lame.

For those who based their day around Emvoss (I did) you can count yourself pretty unlucky. He looked the best bet on the program to me, but unfortunately Nash Rawiller was a bit wild on Kontiki Park and caused interference to a handful of horses including Emvoss who nearly fell and lost all chance. Rawiller received 12 meetings suspension for the interference as well as a $2000 fine. Emvoss was a bit battered after the race and was reported to be lame. I will try to ring Toby Edmonds this week to see what his plans are now.

**All in all a very eventful day, as it always is with capacity fields around the coast!