It’s not often you wave goodbye to a last start feature race winner.
But that was the case at the Grant Dixon stable earlier this week following the departure of grand campaigner Vegas Bound who is returning to Sydney.
Last Saturday night, Vegas Bound stormed to victory in the Listed $25,000 Flashing Red Handicap at Albion Park in a time of 1;58.0 for the 2647m stand start feature.
The Bettors Delight – Elite Rena gelding was handled by emerging young reinsman Trent Moffat.
It proved to be his biggest success in the sport.
“That was an unbelievable feeling winning that race; he’s such a great horse and a favourite of everyone within the stable so it was very satisfying.” Moffat said.
Moffat has been an integral part of the Dixon stable for well over two years now and has continued to improve each season while his tally of winners soars past 30 this season.
His confidence has also been on the rise and displayed great poise driving Vegas Bound last week.
“After we stepped away so well and landed a forward position, I felt confident he would play a hand in the finish because he relaxed so well with a fast tempo being set.
“Coming off the back straight, I knew Luke (McCarthy – On The Razzle) was under pressure and that enabled to ease wider and launch my run at them, he felt really strong up the straight which gave me enough time to salute which was great.
“Grant was the first to pull up alongside me and congratulate me while Brian (Hancock) rang me on Sunday to pass on his best. That was great.”
However, since the victory on the weekend, connections have decided it’s best to send Vegas Bound back to Sydney to continue his racing down there at TABCORP Park, Menangle.
The two main reasons behind the move were owing to the fact the winter carnival is fast approaching which could make life extremely difficult for Vegas Bound while the recently introduced conditioned racing in Sydney could prove quite advantageous.
“With the likes of Im Themightyquinn and For A Reason among others coming here for the carnival, it’s going to prove quite difficult to place him in suitable events.” Trainer Grant Dixon said.
“The handicapping up here doesn’t help him either currently and it’s been difficult to place him in races where he can earn prizemoney consistently.” Dixon added.
Vegas Bound was the winner of 9 races during his time under Dixon.
By Chris Barsby (Harness Racing Australia)