Day At The Track

Chuckles triumphs in Nuggets Final

10:17 AM 06 May 2019 NZST
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Chuckles after winning at Ascot park
Photo Bruce Stewart

Chuckles continued his great run for owner Tom Kilkelly and trainers Kirstin Barclay and Tank Ellis when he won the second to last Nuggets Final at Ascot Park today (Saturday). And it was fitting that the race was sponsored by Kilkelly’s business Regent Car Court.

It was only the Grinfromeartoear gelding’s third start after he qualified at Wyndham in November last year.

“He qualified really nice but had a wind problem so he had to go away and have an operation. He’s come a long way in a short time,” said Barclay.

The three year old is out of the Badlands Hanover mare Uroc On and is named after master horseman Mark Purdon.

“The horse’s stable name is Mark. Tom and Julie used to sit and watch Mark on Trackside interviews and he always had a wee chuckle so that’s how he got his name.”

From Gate Six Barclay worked Chuckles to the front before handing up to stablemate Hampton and then Tulsa Jaccka. When Love The Blues became the fourth leader Chuckles was posted four back on the inside. With 800 metres to run Jaffie J started to move up. Barclay gave Chuckles a flick with the reins and he got onto that runners back. With 500 metres to go she got Chuckles into top gear and he sprinted hard three wide.

“I knew Wayne’s one (Tulsa Jaccka) had a good turn of foot so I wanted to get a bit of a break on it before it got to the lane.”

Chuckles sustained a good sprint in the run home beating Tulsa Jaccka by three quarters of a length with the winner’s stablemate Hampton making ground late for third another three quarters and a length away.


Chuckles and Kirstin Barclay beating Nathan Williamson and Tulsa Jaccka - Photo Bruce Stewart

Barclay noted the gelding was keen today and that was noticeable when he was trailing Hampton early in the event.

“He just wasn’t himself today. The track was a wee bit looser, he was fresh, looking at everything and buggering around a little bit. He knuckled down when it was time to do the job.”

It was another great drive by Barclay who’s in an excellent vein of form at the moment, undoubtedly buoyed by the thrill of driving U May Cullect.

The win was one of two on today’s card for Barclay. In the last two weeks she’s won five races.

Her other win today was on the Ricky Gutsell trained Maahes which won the Southland Express Mobile Pace at odds of 34-1.


Maahes winning at Ascot Park - Photo Bruce Stewart

 

Bruce Stewart

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