As if it were scripted for the big screen, former Gundagai trainer Todd Smart has won his first Tumut Cup, with Great Glen crossing the line first in the $16,000 feature event on Saturday.
Smart, who now trains in Canberra, made the trip with Great Glen and Miss Farloo, who were both ridden towards the back of the field in the helter skelter 1400m event.
Mick Heagney, who was aboard Great Glen, crafted a brilliant ride, manoeuvring his eight-year-old to the outside of the field before rattling home for an emphatic victory.
The veteran jockey and High Chaparral gelding would eventually finish 1.62 lengths ahead of Choice Harvest in second and Southern Gamble in third.
Smart, who openly admitted his desire to win the Tumut Cup earlier in the week, was lost for words after the victory.
“It’s just brilliant, I’m just lost in the moment right now,” he said.
“As I have been saying all week, I have always wanted to win this race and I was confident with Great Glen and now I have done it.”
The top-weight was dominant in winning too, a fact that Smart didn’t overlook when describing the victory.
“You could tell on the turn he was going to win,” he said.
“He is a quality horse and he got back and rattled home, proving that good horses can win at Tumut.
“Some people think that you have to jump in front and run and run and run but that’s just not the case when you have something with a bit of talent.”
The Tumut Cup victory highlights a good preparation for the former English galloper, who has now earned $232,977 in prize money.
“He won the Cooma Cup first up on a really firm track but he jarred up and took a little bit to get right; we had to give him a little time,” he said.
“We finally got him right and he was working really nicely in the lead up to Tumut and ran accordingly; it was a good win.”
Smart, who doesn’t mind travelling for a country cup, suggested Great Glen could turn out in some local feature races in the next 12 months.
“He has proven he is a good country cup horse and who knows, we might snare a few more this prep,” he said.
Great Glen will now be prepared for the popular Carrathool Cup on Februay 29.
How they finished in the Tumut Cup
1 – 1 GREAT GLEN (GB), Todd Smart, Michael Heagney, 7L, 60kg BM72, $7, High Chaparral / Grand Opening.
2 – 3 CHOICE HARVEST, Craig Weeding, Jake Duffy, 1.62L, 5, 56.5kg, BM65, $6, Choisir / Polite.
3 – 7 SOUTHERN GAMBLE, Doug Gorrel, Ms Amy McLucas (a3/52kg), 3.45L, 2, 54 (cd 52)kg, BM55, $7, Casino Prince / Southern Gem.
4 – 6 MISS FARLOO, Todd Smart, Jordan Mallyon, 3.53L, 1, 54kg, BM55, $6, Zizou / Prodigal Miss.
5 – 4 KOPAONIK, Mick Miladinovic, Simon Mille,r 4.12L, 6, 54 (cd 54.5)kg, BM58, $5.50, Shinzig / Princess Dani.
6 – 8 BONDO, Kerry Weir, Ms Amanda Masters, 5L, 3, 54kg, BM52, $13, Zariz / Bold Shift.
7 – 5 DIDNT EVEN KISS ME, Scott Spackman, Bryan Murphy, 6.27L, 4, 54kg BM57, $4.40EF, Murtajill / Homerette.
8 – 2 UNO THAT, Peter Korn, Nick Souquet, 14.63L, 8, 58kg BM68, $4.40EF, Sirius Slew / On the Natural.
10 CERTAIN RICHES Becky Byrne Brett Fliedner 0 39 Danerich / Acertaindee.
9 TICKINOVER Michelle Russell 0 50 Tickets / Beaut Song.