Day At The Track

Stick Man wins on debut

10:20 PM 11 Aug 2018 NZST
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Stick Man and Blair Orange (4) winning at Gore today
Photo Bruce Stewart

Shadow Play colt Stick Man delivered on his $1.60 favourites tag when he won the Hanley Formula Mobile Pace at Gore today.

Stick Man was bought as a foal by Reg Storer and trainer Paul Court. Storer shares in the ownership with Georgia Bay Limited.

He’s out of the Pacific Rocket mare Aziza who is also the dam of quality racehorse Tiger Thompson.

“When we bought him we didn’t know too much about Tiger Thompson so it’s worked out to be a good buy really,” Court said.

Stick Man qualified in November as a two year old at Ashburton.

“I probably could have raced him but I thought we should look after him. We gave him a bit of time out and he’s come back really good.”

In today’s race driver Blair Orange positioned the colt nicely on the outside and moved forward to challenge leader Beaudiene Overtake with a lap to run. He was taken to the lead with 600 metres to run and held on to beat The Croupier by three quarters of a length.

“I told Blair not to be unlucky because he was good enough to win and he proved that today. The track was a bit testing. He did it pretty easily and Blair said he knocked off when he got to the front. That’s a sign of a nice horse - they know when to go and when to button off. I think we’re not finished with him yet.”

Prior to today’s debut he’d been to the trials twice for a first up second followed by a win at Rangiora on the 25th July.


Heading back to the birdcage                          - Photo Bruce Stewart 

“When my horses go back to the trials for the first time (new season) it’s a building process. Every trial he’s got better. In the last trial we pepped it up a wee bit and ran home. I expect him to improve quite a bit on that run. He’s still quite big and round so we’ve got a bit to work with.”

This was also Stick Man’s first real trip away.

“I’m going back tonight so it’s going to be a big long trip for him but he’s handling his first trip away really well.”

And Court is upbeat about the progress he thinks the horse can make.

“I think he’s a very good stayer but he does have speed. The further and the harder they go it’ll be right up his alley.”

And he says he’s got a host of three year olds, all maidens, ready to appear at the races. They include Mongolian Cavalry (Mach Three), Mongolian Spear (A Rocknroll Dance) and Mongolian Machete (Art Major). All three were at the Ashburton trials on Tuesday.

Meanwhile junior driver Chelsea Faithful got her season off to the perfect start when in her first drive for the all conquering Phil Williamson stable, she drove Pyramid Magic to easily win the Brendon Franks Farrier Handicap Trot.


Pyramid Magic and Chelsea Faithful winning easily       -photo Bruce stewart

It was the eight year old's twelfth win from eighty eight starts. He's owned by Southlanders Steve Hardiman and Neville Hazlett and won his first race on this course in August 2014.

 

Bruce Stewart
Southland Harness

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