Smokin Mustard breaks long drought

08:47 PM 30 Dec 2013 NZDT
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Smokin Mustard with (L-R) Stephen Rossendell, Ben Rossendell and Gareth Rattray
Smokin Mustard with (L-R) Stephen Rossendell, Ben Rossendell and Gareth Rattray
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Listen to what trainer Ben Rossendell had to say
Talented harness racing trainer Ben Rossendell almost heaved a sigh of relief when his six-year-old Smokin Mustard made a welcome return to the winner's circle at Tattersall's Park in Hobart on Sunday night.

Smokin Mustard had been struggling to recapture the form that took him to victory at New Norfolk almost two years ago.

"He hasn't won since March 2011 so to finally get another win from his is satisfying," Rossendell said.

Smokin Mustard suffered a leg injury that kept him sidelined for over two years.

At his first couple of runs this time in the gelding had been asked to run the gate but he had been capitulating at the business end of his races so a decision was made, in consultation with driver Gareth Rattray, to try and get him to drop out at the start and be saved for one sharp sprint.

The ploy worked because that's exactly how Rattray drove the gelding at this latest outing.

Belliciouslips was sent out a long odds-on favourite and when she found the front and got away with a cheap quarter few expected anything to come from behind and cause an upset.

But when the favourite started to feel the pinch 100 metres out Rattray had Smokin Mustard in top gear and motoring home.

Smokin Mustard hit the line with a metre to spare over Hotlikeasunrise with Belliciouslips hanging on for third a neck astern.

The gelding is owned and raced by the trainer and his father Stephen Rossendell.

Listen to what trainer Ben Rossendell had to say about Smokin Mustard's latest win.

Peter Staples

 

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