Stroll to starting gate sets up win
By TANIA PHILLIPS
MURWILLUMBAH trained sixyear-old brown gelding Our Excess came from behind to take the race nine Casella Wines Cup feature event of the day at the Tweed River Jockey Club yesterday.
His Murwillumbah-based trainer Darryl Ward said the gelding probably benefitted from the lack of travel involved in getting him to the track for the 1200m event.
"We just opened his stable door and walked him on to the track," Ward said.
"We stable him at the course so the race was straight out his front door."
Ridden by well-known Brisbane jockey Bobby El-Issa, Our Excess came home strongly to win by a long-head from Spots and Dots, trained by Joe Clapham in Casino and ridden by Anthony Merritt.
"He just got it on the line ," Ward said.
"He came from the middle of the field.
"He has been going well - his last couple of runs have been in stronger company."
Ward said it was decided to bring him back to his own level and he thought the gelding had a chance in what looked to be a "nice even field".
He said he was hoping for a similar performance next start but was unsure when or where that would be.
Our Excess was the second local winner of the day with Nobbys Creek, trained in Murwillumbah by David Walker, taking out the second race of the day.
The five-year-old brown gelding, piloted by leading Northern Rivers jockey Craig Franklin, won by two lengths from fouryear-old brown Gold Coasttrained horse Dundas.
Tweed River Jockey Club secretary-manager Simon Quinter said it was a well-attended day with no rain and the perfect way to end his tenure with the club. Quinter leaves this week to manage a major horse stud in New Zealand. The next Murwillumbah race meeting will be on Anzac Day.