Young gallopers Spin Da Wheels (Alex Hearn) and Mr Utopia (Shaun McGruddy) continued on their winning ways in the first two races at Belmont yesterday.
Spin Da Wheels made it three wins from eight starts with a dogged performance, coming from well back in the Westspeed Nursery Handicap (1400m) on a slow track.
Trainer Michael Lane described him as a “professional youngster, easy to train.”
Spin the Wheels won over 1000m last start and went back to 1400m in this latest victory, showing a great deal of versatility as well as determination in the process.
With his trademark style of finishing-neck low to the ground- the two year old youngster will probably have one more run before being turned out for a long spell.
Eight starts for a young galloper is probably seen by some as too many but Lane said he would not be running over the summer carnival period.
“He will probably come back in the New Year and he has been kept going because he has been tearing around the yard at home.”
Given that fact Lane decided he may as well use that energy on the track.
Star Of Husson (Daniel Ganderton) finished strongly from last, after drawing barrier 20, to run the winner to a neck. Early on he was a clear last, several lengths off the second last horse but tacked on to the field and was finishing down the outside better than anything.
The pacemaker Coruscation (Craig Staples), a winner at his last two starts, held on to run third.
MR UTOPIA EXCELS
A slow track and top weight of 59kg did not stop talented three year old from finishing from tenth position at the 800m to score by a short neck, in the Wests peed Handicap (1600m), over Miss Radler (Pat Carbery) with Synoptic (Ryan Hill) a neck away further back in third.
Trainer Steve Wolfe was fulsome in his admiration for his three year old galloper.
“He has never been out of a place in his seven starts and this slowly run race on a slow track with his top weight was not run to suit his style.”
The time set by the winner was 1.44.01 well behind the track record of 1.34.91 set by Laudanum (1991).
Wolfe said he would be a good 2000m horse in the future. “ He has had five runs in this campaign a good effort for a young galloper.”
Never lost for a quip towards his regular rider, the Albany trainer said “I sent McGruddy to Broome on Friday to sharpen him up and he won a double!”