Day At The Track

Three for Baynes and Beck

09:07 AM 18 Dec 2017 NZDT
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Gotta Minute after winning at Winton
Photo Bruce Stewart

Winton horseman Allan Beck has driven twenty three winners for Browns trainer Des Baynes and three of those were at the Winton meeting today (Sunday) when Gotta Minute, Quartz and Better Buy It all won for the combination.

Beck's first winning drive for Baynes was at Forbury Park in April 1998 when he reined home Blow The Whistle. 

On the training front, Baynes has trained two winners in one day eight times before but this was the first time he's trained three winners on the same day. His first double came at the Forbury meeting in January 1994 when Out All Knight and Toss The Dice both won. His second double came a week later on the same course with the same pair.

The first of the three winners today was Gotta Minute in Race Three. From barrier six Beck was caught wide early before he was left parked. He finally got cover with 1000 metres to run. Turning in, Beck angled Gotta Minute three wide to make his challenge. The Badland's Hanover gelding came resolutely down the middle of the track to hang on and beat Gunslinger Bromac by a head.

Gotta Minute, which is owned by Baynes, is out the Armbro Operative mare Jay Bee's Snap and is closely related to the Southland bred Jay Bee's Fella the winner of thirteen races including the Lion Red Four Year Old Mile Grand Final at Alexandra Park. In the that race he won by eight and a half lengths beating another Southland bred pacer in Lord Lenny. Jay Bee's Fella also won another four races in Australia. 

Gotta Minute winning at Winton                            -- Photo Bruce Stewart.

"He's (Gotta Minute) normally the sort of horse that needs a bit of cover. Well, I thought he did. He showed a bit of guts today," said stable representative Ian Jamieson.   

The second winner was six year old Mach Three gelding Quartz. He too was parked early before he got cover with a lap to run. Beck was looking for room prior to turning in, as TC Business which he was following, was under a hard drive. At the top of the straight he pushed Quartz out to the middle of the track and he came with a stayers run to beat Broadway Banner by a half a length. It was only the gelding's third start.

"He's had feet problems but we're on top of it now. We've put him out in the paddock and let the feet grow right out because he had a couple of bad quarter cracks. We weren't surprised at the win today because he's gone good at the workouts," said Jamieson. 

Quartz winning at Winton                            -- Photo Bruce Stewart

Bettor Buy It capped of a great day for Baynes and Beck winning the feature pacers race of the day the PGG Wrightson Sale Of The Stars Mobile Pace.

Beck slotted him three back in the inside. With 500 metres to run the pair moved off the markers and followed through Jayedgar before Beck decided to duck down into the vacant passing lane. The seven year old let down nicely to beat a game The Big Boss by a length and a quarter with another two and quarter lengths back to Jayedgar.

"He's also been going good at the workouts. He's a 100% sound." 

Bettor Buy It is raced by The Test Syndicate - a group of old rugby mates from the Edendale Rugby Club of which Baynes was a member of. He's also a part of the syndicate.

Bettor Buy It had been going well at local workouts before today's run - winning once and running a close second to the smart Nota Bene Denario in the other. The horse's last win at the races was at Kurow in August 2016 when he was trained by Greg and Nina Hope.

Today was his fifth win from only twenty four starts. He was injured during the running of the 2014 Southern Supremacy Stakes at Gore and he missed the whole of his four year old season. The injury has restricted his career.

The three successes today put driver Allan Beck on 798 career wins. 

Meanwhile Des Baynes's cousin Kenny was in the money at Winton as well when his Pegasus Spur four year old trotter War Machine impressively won his third race in a row. He looks destined for higher honours for trainer Tony Stratford, driver Dexter Dunn and owners Kenny and Jo Baynes.

The win was his seventh and third for Stratford. His other wins came in the North Island for Derek Balle. Today he beat an improving Grey Power by three quarters of a length.


Bruce Stewart
Southland Harness Racing

Bettor Buy It winning at Winton


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