Day At The Track

Age no barrier for nine-year-old Watchmefella

04:38 AM 18 Nov 2013 NZDT
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Watchmefella wins Chartley Estate Claimer in Launceston

Age is no barrier for Watchmefella when it comes to winning races, as proven by the nine-year-old’s dashing victory in the Chartley Estate Claimer over 2200 metres in Launceston on Sunday night.

Watchmefella (Pacific Fella-Keeping Watch) finished over the top of a handy field to score from Sugastikysweetstuf and Maybe Doc and along the way recorded a sub two-minute mile rate of 1.59.5.

It was Watchmefella’s fourth win since transferring to Grant Hodges’ stables in Tasmania from Victoria in August last year but it was his 22nd career win from 117 outings.

“He’s been a good honest horse,” Hodges said.

“He has a bad tendon so it’s amazing that he keeps going.”

“He doesn’t win too often these days but he usually earns a cheque,” he said.

According to Hodges Watchmefella is not the toughest horse to land in his stable so he needs to be driven with a sit to do his best and Hollaway delivered the drive to best suit the gelding.

“If he gets the right run in a race he can sprint with the best of them,” Hodges said.

In one of Watchmefella’s wins last season he powered home to defeat Beautide, Twilight Town, Queen of Fire, Grizz Wyllie and Saturday Nights in a six-horse free-for-all that was rated one of the best races of the season.

He also placed fourth, just behind the placegetters, in both the Easter Cup and Devonport Cup last season

“He was a good horse before he came here and won a couple of country cups in Victoria so he has always had the ability,” he said.

Hollaway had a fall in a later race on the program, parting company from El Jays Magic in the Impress Print Pace but she walked away without any serious injury.

By Peter Staples

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