Momentum To Win headed to Lismore today looking to put an end to the run of outs that dates back to just under two years and the son of Animal Kingdom didn’t disappoint by taking out the Benchmark 66 over 2100 metres. While the winning margin may have been only a quarter of a length the gelding displayed a strong staying performance as he was forced to race up on the speed after being caught wide in the early stages of the race from the outside barrier.
Winning Co Trainer Bryan Guy was a very happy man explaining after the race that although the horses strike rate was not the greatest he legitimately had excuses in all of his defeats since joining the stable “What can I say, I was beginning to think this day would never arrive, he has been unlucky in nearly all his runs for the stable and he could have easily won three or four. I am so happy for William who owns him; he deserves this win for the patience he has shown. Also a big thanks goes to Robbie Fradd who made the right decision early in the race to go forward and stay out of trouble and that move certainly made a difference.”
Jockey Robbie Fradd was having his first ride on the gelding today and went into the race with an air of confidence due to the drop in class from his recent races “I thought he was one of my better rides today, all we needed was a little luck from the barrier and whilst the original plan was to sit third or fourth in running that soon changed when the early speed didn’t eventuate so we had to roll forward and race much handier then we wanted and that didn’t suit him so it was a good tough win.”
Momentum To Win was having his eleventh start today since joining the Guy Stable and while it’s not common to see a horse peak at that stage of their preparation Co Trainer Daniel Guy explained that both he and Bryan had no concerns that they may have been taking a tired horse to the races today “He is as tough as nails this horse, how often do you see a horse win at their eleventh run in a prep. We have been waiting for him to show us the usual signs that he may have had enough but after each race he goes home and eats well and turns up at track work and keeps giving the work riders the usual hard time so we kept pushing on, but maybe now we will give him a short break seeing he has won a race.
Momentum To Win has taken his record since joining the Guy Stable back in May to Eleven starts for One win Three seconds One third and Three fourths and a fifth with prize money totalling $44925.00 and this record and prize money only further highlights the extension of a horses racing career when they are sent north to Queensland and continues the great record with tried horses from interstate that the Guy Stable has!