Despite not having made his raceday debut, two-year-old Acquittal looks capable of greeting the judge ahead of his challengers when he debuts at Goulburn on Monday.
The Danny Williams-trained gelding steps out in the Radio 2ST Maiden Plate against older horses on his home track after impressing in a recent trial display at the venue. The horse showed natural talent in the sharp trial win cruising through the 800m hit out in a respectable time of 45.98 seconds, holding a clear margin of two and a quarter lengths to his nearest rival.
The effort obviously impressed trainer Danny Williams [pictured left] enough for the galloper to be pitched in against the older horses on debut.
“He trialled particularly well at the last Goulburn meeting after being purchased at the Inglis Classic Sales in February last year”, Williams said. “He has shown exceptional ability thus far and the stable doesn’t feel that it is a disadvantage being a younger or more inexperienced horse.
“The stable purchased a group of eight two-year-olds and he is the first runner from this group; it has been a long road. The new owners haven’t been to Goulburn and are excited to visit our track for the first time,” Williams said.
Jockey Jay Ford steered Acquittal in the trial and takes the reins from a debut friendly gate one. The son of Nicconi meets a genuine maiden field over a 1000m and will look to continue the strong home track form of the Williams stable who notched two wins and a runner-up result at the most recent Goulburn meeting on the 22nd May.
Monday’s Goulburn meeting also heralds the first official race meeting for the club’s new track manager, Brad Yeadon. Goulburn born and bred, Yeadon brings 22 years of experience in turf management to the role.
Yeadon believes that the Goulburn track is shaping up well for Monday’s meeting: “We currently have the track rated a Soft 5 and the prospect of fine weather right through the next five days will only assist us in providing another competitive racing surface for all trainers and owners," Yeadon said.
Goulburn District Race Club President, Ken Ikin, said the club was excited about Mr Yeadon taking on the important role: “Despite only taking over the reins two weeks ago, Brad is keen to continue the Tablelands tradition of maintaining the first class racing surface Goulburn has been renowned for in recent years," Ikin said.
“Goulburn’s track has always been one of our strongest assets, as evidenced by the continued support we receive from city, provincial and country stables. Brad is excited about the opportunity and challenge of leading the club’s continued efforts in this area."
The first of seven races at Goulburn on Monday commences at 12:10pm with great hospitality, a warm fire and some very competitive June Monday racing on offer.