Master Richard headed to Ipswich today looking to break his maiden after a somewhat inglorious start to his racing career. But that would become a distant memory as the son of Myboycharlie showed his rivals that he was in for a fight today in taking out the Sports Bar Open Saturdays Maiden Plate over Sixteen Hundred Metres. But his task was not an easy one as he had drawn the outside barrier and had to work hard from the start to clear his rivals and find the front but once the gelding found the rails and found a good rhythm he was able to defeat his nearest rival in a photo finish with over Four lengths to the third horse.

Winning Co Trainer Bryan Guy was a surprised man explaining after the event that Master Richard had not shown much at home on the track and had only shown a glimpse of hope at his last start “I was starting to get a little worried about this fellow as apart from his last Hundred metres last start he has never shown us much in his races or on the track. But with a step up in distance and a wet track he was able to find his best form. It’s great for the big team of owners they have been very patient with him giving him the time that he needed and they have been rewarded with a Metropolitan win and hopefully with this win he can now go on with the job.”

Ben Thompson took the ride on Master Richard after riding him last start and suggesting to connections that a step up in distance could deliver a better result and his opinion was right after he took the gelding to the lead in the early part of the race and then had enough in reserve to hold off his rivals “That was a really strong win today he had to work hard to cross the field and then he put in up the straight when I asked him for an effort. I still think he has improvement in him as he still does a few things wrong and I also think that’s not the way to ride him.”

Co Trainer Daniel Guy thanked jockey Thompson for his ride today explaining that it was on Ben’s advice that they pushed on with the gelding “That was a great ride from Ben he came out with a good plan and executed it perfectly. He thought that the last Hundred Metres of his last run wasn’t bad and suggested to go further so we pushed on and now the owners have a metropolitan winner.”

Should anybody have any enquires about having a horse trained by Bryan or Daniel Guy please call Bryan 0418  410 818 or Daniel 0417 281 381 for further information.