Some luck and a lot of research has helped local thoroughbred owner Jason Crampton pick out a winner in his new filly, Any Loose Change.
The three-year-old was just too good for them in the 1200m Maiden Plate at Trangie on Sunday, greeting the judge first and eventually thrashing competitors by 4.63 lengths.
The Longhorn filly was having her first start for new trainer Roy McCabe and got the job done with popular picnic jockey Ricky Blewitt on board.
Any Loose Change and Blewitt proved too strong in the small field and also looked to showcase the fillies’ promise as a country class horse with some genuine ability.
Formerly trained in Victoria, it was Crampton who found the filly for a friend, before becoming an owner himself.
“A mate from Bathurst (Justin Birrell) told me he was looking to purchase a horse and asked if I’d be interested in having a look for him,” he said.
“We found three really nice fillies but they all went over what we thought they were actually worth (and) then we found Any Loose Change, who used to be trained by Brett Stanley.”
The new owners paid a measly $3500 for the former Victorian runner, which is looking to be a smart investment.
McCabe, who trains out of his Bathurst stable, believes they might even have a handy TAB class runner in future preparations.
“I think she can definitely win a TAB race but she is green and I’m not sure how far she will go this preparation,” he said.
“She was in good order and ready to go when she got here but she just didn’t perform down south.
“We are now working her like any other horse here with lots of swimming, less galloping and we made a gear change by taking everything off her and putting concussion plates on her as she is a rough going mare.”
McCabe also joked that she had to be taught a few things once arriving in New South Wales.
“Being an ex-Victorian, we had to teach her to run clockwise and right way of going,” he laughed.
“She is still getting the hang of it.”
Whatever happens in the next few starts, McCabe believes Crampton and fellow owners will have more fun with the young filly once she is becomes an experienced mare.
“I think she will be a better mare next preparation and if she continues to perform this time out, that’s a big bonus for the boys involved,” he said.
McCabe will now prepare Any Loose Change for a race at Wellington on January 13 before venturing to the picnics at Geurie on February 1.