The “old firm” was back in winning touch at Hawkesbury on Thursday and trainer Garry Frazer hopes he can turn it into an even bigger success with Spright at Doomben on Saturday.
Frazer’s sole starter, recent acquisition Angelo, was partnered by his former apprentice Tye Angland, who has subsequently built a successful senior international career.
Having only his second start since joining Frazer’s Hawkesbury team, Angelo ($4) won the Tassal Plate 3YO Maiden (1100m).
“It’s been a long time since Tye rode a winner for me, probably since he finished his apprenticeship,” Frazer said. “Not that he has had a lot of rides for me anyway, but it was good to get another winner together.
“Tye feels this horse will be even better when he gets to 1400m. I might give him one more run before a break or tip him out. We’ve also had some offers for him, so who knows what might happen?”
Angelo, a well-bred gelded son of More Than Ready, found his way into Frazer’s stable after his son Jordan purchased him unraced for $1000. Two races later he has earned $29,000 (including a BOBS bonus).
The rising four-year-old trialled twice (finishing third and fourth) for co-trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott earlier in the year at Randwick, but did not race for them.
“I don’t know what happened,” Frazer said. “But he’s quickly become a good horse for us.”
There was certainly a touch of irony in Thursday’s result in that Angelo beat Secret Diamond ($7) and the Waterhouse-Bott representative Soviet ($3 favorite).
The experienced Frazer has sent Spright back north chasing victory in Saturday’s $175,000 Group 3 Healy Stakes (1200m) at Doomben. Michael Cahill will ride her.
“I’ve decided to put blinkers back on the mare,” Frazer said. “I brought her home after she ran sixth (to Invincibella) in the Dane Ripper Stakes at Doomben a fortnight ago.
“She worked in blinkers here last Saturday morning and galloped brilliantly,” he said.
“Spright has been racing well without luck. Finally, she will get a good track and is well enough drawn.
“Jordan went back to Queensland with her; I might even fly up for Saturday’s race.”
Riding-wise, the “form” for the final of the annual Rising Star Series could not have worked out better today.
Apprentice Jean Van Overmeire only had to ride in the race to ensure he claimed the 2017-18 title as he had sufficient points not to be overhauled.
That mattered for nothing as he won the Patties Foods Benchmark 67 Handicap (1400m) for Hawkesbury trainer Wade Slinkard on Legistation ($4 favorite). And following him home were the two young riders who had been his closest rivals leading into the final. Apprentice Pat Scorse finished second on Jarrett ($5) and fellow apprentice Mikayla Weir was third on Charcuterie ($7).
In scoring, Legislation added to his reputation as a Hawkesbury specialist. All his five wins have been on his home track.