Tumut trainer Kerry Weir landed a somewhat surprising winner at Wagga on Tuesday with the Andy and Sue Groves-owned Bouddi winning the 1800m Benchmark 66 Handicap and heat of the Wagga Stayers Series.
Ridden by Quayde Krogh, the seven-year-old absolutely bombed the start and was put to sleep at the rear of the field, with punters at that point screwing up their tickets.
As Lady Kermadec led the field along, Bouddi was still last at the 1000m marker but the Exceed and Excel gelding was able to tack back on to a bunching field at the 600m pole.
Krogh got to work on Bouddi, riding the old stager hard before eventually finding the outside and flashing late to run over the top of the Lucy and Emma Longmire-trained Zarafah in second and the Anthony Mountney-trained Lambardi in third to win by 0.25 of a length.
Bouddi was at some stages 90/1 with bookmakers, but the Tumut galloper was supported into 60/1 by the time the gates had crashed back, offering loyal followers a good return.
Weir believed Bouddi was always an each-way chance, but he admitted the win was a little surprising.
“I knew he would run a place. I was a bit worried about Jack The Brumby with the rail being out so far,” Weir said.
It looks as though a slower than usual start and a change of racing tactics during the running of the race went in the stable’s favour.
“They were in the barriers for a hell of a long time, and he half went to sleep and he is usually slow out, but not that slow,” Weir laughed.
“The instructions were to get going early and go around them but Quayde said they bunched up and he was a victim of circumstances and had to go to the inside.
“It was a blessing in disguise and he got into a nice spot but then he took a long time to get going.
“With 50m to go, I thought he would run a good third but he put some big bounds in and got them, which was pleasing.”
Bouddi has now won four times from 38 starts and is likely to be set for the Australia Day Cup at Wagga next Wednesday.
“He will go back to Wagga on Australia Day and race in the cup,” Weir said.
“He is going well and he is a chance, especially on the bigger tracks. He likes the big tracks and he just needs momentum.”
Weir will again have Krogh in the saddle, with the Canberra jockey impressing the Tumut trainer.
“He was very professional. He did his homework and I spoke to him for only 10 seconds before the race and his plan was the same as mine,” Weir said.
“I was very happy with him and he has already messaged me for the ride next week and he said he will ride Cattledog Cod too.”