Watched made a welcomed return to the winners stall today at Grafton in the Ringside Trackside Tonight Benchmark 51 handicap over 2230 meteres. The daughter of Teofilo was stepping up to the distance for the first time this preparation and was able to reverse her recent average form to score and an easy victory by just over a length and in doing so gave Co Trainer Bryan Guy a winning birthday present who celebrated his 63rdbirthday today.
Birthday Boy and Co Trainer Bryan Guy was pleased to see the mare return to form and post another win saying that the writing was on the wall regarding her future if she didn’t bounce back today “She has had excuses her last few starts but her time was running out so Daniel and I entered her for this race as it was a drop back in class and we thought that it would give her the opportunity to win another race and hopefully get her confidence back. She is a funny mare she never works very well on the track and generally takes a fair bit of racing to find form which hopefully she has found again and can win another one or two”.
Watched was well ridden by Cyril Small today and he explained after the event that he was happy to win a race on her given he had played a big part in her early education “It was nice to get this win today, I had a bit to do with this mare when she was a young horse and I worked for Bryan, in fact I have ridden her a couple of times in trials and she went ok so it was nice to get a race ride on her. She is what she is nothing spectacular but tough as old boots she just goes the one speed so when the pace slackened off midway through the race I let her stride to the front and from what I remembered about her track work I knew she would keep going.”
Watched also provided part owner Jim Forsyth of Amalgamated Milk Services Pty Ltd another winner to what has been a life time involvement with the racing industry and Co Trainer Daniel Guy thanked Jim for his continued support “Jim has been a great supporter of the stable and while his numbers of horses has been reduced in recent years he has played a big part in our stable for three generations of trainers and such support and loyalty is very rare in the industry in this day and age.”