Junior reinsman Tom Bagrie scored his biggest career win to date when guiding Vice Chairman to an emphatic victory in the $21,000 Super Series maiden (as of September 1st) at Addington Raceway tonight.
Driven confidently by Bagrie despite the $36 dividend, Vice Chairman jumped on to the three-wide line down the back straight before catching the leaders napping and pouncing to the front at the 600 metre mark. He then kicked too strongly for the Purdon/Rasmussen trio of Machs A Flyin, Raesawinner, and Someardensomewhere, who finished second, third, and, fourth, respectively.
Bagrie showed his delight with a brilliant victory salute from the 30 metre mark, but there was more to it than what met the eye.
“One of my really good mates died on this day three years ago, so the salute was for him and a few of our mutual mates who were there for a drink on him tonight,” said Bagrie.
Bagrie said that Vice Chairman’s work had been super during the week and that he was not at all surprised by the win.
He was also very grateful to his dad, Peter Bagrie, and Vice Chairman’s co- owners, Keith & Tracy Norman, for giving him the opportunity.
“I thought they probably would have put Dexter or Johnny (Dunn) on for tonight, but when they asked me to drive him I jumped at the chance. I am just really glad that I didn’t let them down,” conceded Bagrie.
Vice Chairman was also bred by Keith and Tracy Norman, who stand his sire Washington VC at stud. He paced the 2600m journey in a very good 3-11.8.
“Keith and Tracy have just sold his three-year-old full-brother, who was an impressive trial winner back on the 2nd of October,” said Bagrie.
Vice Chairman is not the first good Washington VC the Bagrie family have been involved with - They also prepared three time Interdominion champion Themightyquinn to win five races before selling him across the Tasman for good money.
The $36,000 Show Day Futurity is now the immediate aim for the capable five-year-old.
Meanwhile, Stent resumed in fine fettle when taking out the feature trot, while Isaiah and Bio Marinus booked themselves Cup Day tickets when finishing first and second in heat five of the Sires Stakes.
By Mitchell Robertson