'Washakie Day' as he claims third Treuer win

09:32 PM 05 Dec 2011 NZDT
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Washakie and John McCarthy win the Washakie
Washakie and John McCarthy win the - 2011 Treuer Memorial in 3:09.1 - mile rate: 1:59.8.
Washakie - With trainer John McCarthy

'Washakie Day has been proclaimed at Bankstown Paceway following the millionaire pacing champion's unprecedented third straight win in the 2011 Group 1 $100,000 M.H. Treuer Memorial Grand Circuit at Sydney's harness racing home last Saturday, December 3rd,' Bankstown Paceway president Les Bentley announced on Harnesslink this morning.

‘Bankstown Paceway’s afternoon race meeting scheduled for next Monday, December 12th, 2011, has been proclaimed “Washakie Race Day” in tribute to the triple Treuer trophy winner and eight year old son of Badlands Hanover, who notched up his emotion charged 40th career win and $1,267,675 in prizemoney,’ Mr Bentley said.

‘Last Saturday (December 3rd), we were delighted to welcome into the Committee Room Washakie’s owner, Perth property tycoon and mining magnate Kevin Jeavons, who flew straight into Bankstown from Western Australia to receive his third trophy from East Hills MP Glenn Brookes, representing the Premier of New South Wales, Barry O’Farrell,’ he said.

‘Mr Jeavons – who jointly owns Washakie with partners Gino Monaco and Lindsay Severn – told me that each of the three owners can now have “a Treuer” of their own instead of just having to share around the 2009 and 2010 trophies,’ Mr Bentley said. Respected harness racing reporter and broadcaster Chris Barsby said, ‘Washakie made light of his second-row draw and stamped his dominance on the 2540 metre event.

‘Trainer and driver John McCarthy moved Washakie forward early in the race and seemed content racing on the outside of leader Mach Wiper with the lead time in a leisurely 70.9 seconds,’ Mr Barsby said.

‘The first half was covered in 61 seconds after sections of 30.8 and 30.2 as Mach Wiper led the way while Washakie raced without cover,’ he said.

‘The first move in the race came from Gavin Fitzpatrick aboard Rohan Home who started a three-wide run with approximately 1000 metres left to run, Mach Wiper and Washakie both quickened while Our High Octane and Hesa Buzzin both raced hard on the back of the leaders.

‘Heading off the back straight for the final time, Washakie loomed dangerously alongside Mach Wiper and applied strong pressure in a third quarter section of 28.4 seconds.

‘McCarthy sent the favourite clear upon straightening, Mach Wiper rallied strongly to hold second just in front of Hesa Buzzin and Feels Like Magic who finished stoutly for his fourth placing.

‘Washakie proved to be a decisive winner and left his rivals eating his dust while pacing the final quarter in 28.8 seconds,’ Mr Barsby said.

‘Following Washakie’s stunning win over pacing legend Blacks A Fake in the 2010 Treuer Memorial, horses like Miracle Mile winner Smoken Up NZ, Im Themightyqinn NZ and Mr Feelgood USA were simply too scared to contest this Group 1 Grand Circuit event because they knew they could not beat Washakie at the Treuer – and without guts there can be no glory,’ Bankstown Paceway director Andrew Ho said.

‘The challenging turns presented by Bankstown Paceway’s half mile track are same sort of obstacles that challengers for the 2012 Inter Dominion Pacing Championship will need to overcome at Perth’s 804.5 metre Gloucester Park track,’ Mr Ho said.

‘Washakie really likes these small tracks and with the Interdominion being at Gloucester Park – another small track – next year I think we can look forward to it,’ said Washakie’s Belmore born trainer and driver John McCarthy, who currently resides and trains in Queensland.

‘He loves the tighter tracks and rails like a greyhound and that is obviously a huge advantage around here [Bankstown], he is a great stayer and while he doesn’t have the real high speed of the very best horses he is a real bulldog and can keep just churning out solid quarters all day and night,’ Mr McCarthy said. ‘They ran good time [at the Treuer] and he was forced to do all of the work outside of the leader, I couldn’t be prouder of him,’ he said.

‘He’s been a great little horse – he’s a tough little bugger who deserves his place in the record books,’ Mr McCarthy added.

Other race winners at Bankstown Paceway on M. H. Treuer Memorial Group 1 Grand Circuit Gala Race Night, Saturday, December 3rd, 2011, included:

  • Cardanae NZ – owned and trained by Kevin Pizzuto and driven by Ben Sarina – in the Allied Express Sydney Pace (Race 1);

  • Rocksonn – owned, trained and driven by David Caffyn – in the Nader Jewellers Pace (Race 2);

  • Kims A Goddess – trained and driven by Anthony Winnell – in the Condell Park Produce Pace (Race 3);

  • Western Arden NZ – owned and trained by newly elected Bankstown Paceway director and renowned veterinary surgeon Dr Ronald Lloyd and driven by Josh Willick – in the Mount Lewis Bowling Club Pace (Race 4);

  • Strike Up the Band – trained and driven by Luke McCarthy – in the Bankstown Sports Club Pace (Race 5);

  • Sticky Situation – owned, trained and driven by Brad Abbott – wins the Revesby Workers Club Pace (Race 7); and

  • Wild Isis NZ – trained by Russell Commens and driven by Kerry Ann Turner – wins the Allied Express Melbourne Trotters Discretionary Handicap (Race 8).

ashakie Race Day will be held at Sydney’s harness racing home, Bankstown Paceway, on Monday, December 12th, 2011, with the first race scheduled to start at 1.04 pm.

Megan J. LAVENDER

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