Locals left smiling after dominating at Wagga

Kayla Nisbet and Bouddi are all smiles after winning the 1600m Maiden Plate. Photo: Trackpix Racing Photography.

Locally owned and trained thoroughbreds had a day to remember at Murrumbidgee Turf Club on Monday, putting in some scintillating efforts for their connections. 

In the first event of the day, the Kerry Weir trained Bouddi was too good for them in the 1600m Maiden Plate, winning by 1.81 lengths and paying $4.70 on the NSW tote.

Ridden by Kayla Nisbet, the five-year-old gelding sat quietly midfield before the talented hoop steered her charge five wide and into some space.

Once on the outside of competitors, the Exceed and Excel gelding powered past for an exceptional victory, in turn showcasing his staying potential.

Weir, who has persisted with Bouddi, who took 18 starts to win his maiden, said that he was always confident of winning on Monday.

“I knew once he drew a decent barrier we would be half a chance and after the inside draw I was very confident,” Weir said.

Weir laughed that his luck had finally turned around, after going four months without a win.

“I just needed him to win a race; he’s had no luck; he has either drawn 16/16 or nearly got knocked over, we were always finding trouble,” Weir said.

The Tumut trainer also spuiked the win, suggesting he had finished well ahead on the punt.

“We got 10/1 the night before, so we are pretty happy,” Weir laughed.

“I scratched him from Albury on the Thursday to keep him for this race and kept him super fresh and he did the rest.”

Weir said that he expected the stayer to win a few more and get over more ground in the long run.

“He will win a few more; you won’t get a better type, we just need to keep him going and get him over a little more ground,” he said.

Andy Groves, who owns Bouddi with his wife Sue, was pleased with the result, and believes he may have a decent stayer on his hands.

“He has finally worked it out,” Groves said.

“I think from the onset, Kerry and I had come to the conclusion that it would take some time for him to come good.”

Groves explained that Bouddi is half brother to Dear Demi, who was a Group One winning stayer that earned over $2.1 million in prize money.

“He is a half sister to Dear Demi who won the Oaks and was a very handy stayer,” Groves said.

“He is certainly very well bred.”

The prominent Tumut owner did say that their five-year-old was very green when he made his way to Weir’s stable and that he is still working out what racing is all about to this day.

“He had no idea what he was on about or where his legs were when we got him, but we always thought he had something,” Groves said. 

“I think he will be good over 2000m, but I’m not sure if he will go over more, but we will see down the track.”

Another local runner that showed his true potential on Monday, was the Norm Gardner trained Cyborg, who flew from the clouds to win the 1200m Class One event by 0.53 of a length, paying $10.90 on the NSW tote.

Owned by Paul and Kathy Shanahan and Mick, Matt and Dene O’Donovan, the three-year-old was running third last in the early stages after being knocked around at the beginning of the race.

Cyborg and Brendan Ward greet the judge first in the 1200m Class One. Photo: Trackpix Racing Photography

Veteran jockey Brendan Ward didn’t panic though, steering the Magic Albert from some 10 lengths off the leader as the field rounded the home turn, going to the outside and timing his run perfect to win in emphatic style.

Mick O’Donovan was pleased with the win, but did joke that he didn’t think they would be winning anything with 100m to go. 

“It was a really good run, but I thought he was gone for all money; he wasn’t even in the picture,” O’Donovan laughed.

The surprised owner said it was a good result for their youngster, who was racing away from his home track at Canberra for the first time.

“He plays up a lot and that was his first start out of town,” O’Donovan said.

“He can be difficult at the track and he reared up in the mounting yard before the race but Norm (Gardner) instructed them to put him straight into the barriers even though he was in barrier 10, which seemed to work.”

The Gardner runner looks to have some real potential and could be another one of the stable’s runners that makes their way into town.

Boasting two wins and a second from six starts, Cyborg could make a very good country sprinter.

Gardner was thrilled with the win and gave some insight to suggest that the three-year-old could be above average. 

“He went bloody super, he got flattened at the start, which is why he went so far back and then he was a sensational in the last 400m,” Gardner said.

“He run the fastest 400m and 600m for the day and jumped out of the ground.”

The Canberra trainer, who believes he has found out the secret to Cyborg’s success, is now looking forward to a few feature events for his charge.

“I think the key to him is spacing his races; that was a month between runs and it suited,” Gardner said.

“He has always had some ability and he looks like he is coming good and now I am just tossing up whether we go to Wagga on April 19 for the Wagga Guineas prelude and then the Wagga Guineas.”

Cyborg looks to have some real potential and could be another one of the stable’s runners that goes into town to take on a TAB Highway Stakes as well.

“He’ll definitely head to a TAB Highways, but for the moment, we will keep to the country tracks,” Gardner said.