Multiple Grand Circuit winner Washakie became the first horse to win the time honoured Bankstown Treuer Memorial three times when he overcame a second row draw to record a strong harness racing victory on Saturday night (December 3).
Trainer/driver John McCarthy sent the eight year old to race outside the leader and outstayed his rivals for an emotion charged victory.
“A lot of people assume I originally come from Bathurst and I have spent the majority of my life in the central west but I actually grew up in Belmore and went to school just up the road from the Bankstown Paceway,” McCarthy said after the win.
“My father was a butcher in Sydney and I spent the first 15 years of my life around here before dad bought a butchery in Bathurst and the family made the move but I was a regular at the Bankstown trots as a kid with dad and to win the Treuer for a third time with Washakie is a very special moment in my career.”
McCarthy believes the biggest reason for Washakie’s success in the Treuer is because of his ability to handle the half mile track comfortably.
“He loves the tighter tracks and rails like a greyhound and that is obviously a huge advantage around here, he is a great stayer and while he doesn’t have the real high speed of the very best horses he is a real bulldog and can keep just churning out solid quarters all day and night.”
“They ran good time tonight and he was forced to do all of the work outside of the leader, I couldn’t be prouder of him.”
The Victoria Cup will be the next assignment for the son ofbefore he heads to Perth for the summer carnival including another tilt at the Inter Dominion.
“He was trained in Western Australia by Gary Hall before he joined my stable and I have campaigned him over there too and he just loves the place plus with a return to the traditional Inter Dominion format he will be very well suited by the three heat runs in the space of a week.”