Washydke’s Jesse Wederell has now trained his first winner but is still yet to see one of his horses cross the line in first place.
“I got that excited that I was jumping up and down and in the end it ended up being nothing more than a blur,” laughed the young enthusiastic horseman.
Wederell, who is in his first season of training, broke his duck when his four-year-old Sand’s A Flyin gelding, Garibaldi, was successful in the fourth race at Rangiora today.
“He has always had plenty of ability but he seems to have really clicked of late,” said Wederell, who also owns the gelding.
“He may have had 13 starts but he is still pretty inexperienced, so I expect him to get better in time,” he enthused. “He is still learning what this racing game is all about.”
Garibaldi is one of two two-year-olds that 21-year-old Wederell purchased of Brendon Hill in 2012. The other is Phil Monty, who Wederell recently sold to Lance Justice for good money after a very good second at Addington on February 27.
“He is a really nice horse and I have kept a ten percent share in him,” enthused Wederell. “He should do a super job over there for Lance.
Both Garibaldi and Phil Monty were purchased out of the Harness Racing Weekly for $1000 apiece.
“I was looking for a horse at the time and I liked their breeding,” recalled Wederell. “Garibaldi’s mother (Western Starr) went 1-50 in America as a three-year-old.”
“But I never dreamed I’d get two nice horses to kick off my career. I guess you could say I’ve been a bit lucky.”
When asked what he was going to do with his newly found wealth, Wederell said that a new Ute could well be on the cards.
It may even be towing Garibaldi next time he arrives at the races.
Meanwhile, Arden Rooney was an impressive winner of the $25,000 North Canterbury Country Cups Final and will now target the $100,000 Easter Cup on April 19.
By Mitchell Robertson