The South Eastern Times : June 12th 2014
22 SPORT Atoned for unlucky second A new lease on life for Lead The Witness provides resounding win DAVID GILBERT IN hindsight, local owner/trainer Ian “Ned” Walker probably doesn’t mind the fact that Lead The Witness ran second during the Mount Gambier cup carnival last month. The 4yo gelding was beaten a head by Kiora over 1400 metres, and was deemed unlucky after jumping away awkwardly and then being slow into stride. Lead The Witness more than atoned for that second with a resounding win in last Saturday’s 0-72 handicap over 1600 metres at Morphettville, where first prize ($18,500) was substantially more than what connections would have got at Mount Gambier. A discard from the Tony McEvoy stable, Lead The Witness has found a new lease of life since joining the Walker establishment over Christmas. Six runs later, and Lead The Witness has won three races with one second and a third to his credit in 2014. “She was bloody cranky when we got her, but she’s a beautiful horse now she’s settled in. We just work her here in the pines around Millicent, and we’ll give her a couple of more runs this time in and then look at some of the country cups next year,” Walker told the media earlier this week. That next run is still to be decided as, according to Walker, “We like to give her about three weeks between runs and her next run will probably be back in Adelaide.” There are 13 local owners in Lead The Witness and about half of them were track side to cheer the four year old mare home at Morphettville. “They all had a great day and $14 was the best odds bet about her. She had worked really well on the track last week and we were fairly confident,” Walker stated. Backed in to start a $9.50 chance with the bookies ($11.30 with Tattsbet), Lead The Witness sat three wide and still prevailed by half a length for Adelaide jockey Shayne Cahill. After a drought of more than three months for city winners, South East trained gallopers have won at the last three Saturday Adelaide meetings and the victory by Lead The Witness was the first for Walker in Adelaide this season. Port Lincoln three-peat IT was terrific to see locals Mike and Sue Casimaty enjoying Mount Gambier Cup day at Glenburnie last month. The Casimaty’s have – for the past two years – brilliantly organised a charter flight to Port Lincoln for Kimba Cup day in March but Mike has not enjoyed the best of health for the past nine months or so. Far from it. So, I meekly enquired, is there any chance of heading back to Port Lincoln for a three-peat of the the Kimba Cup, next year to be run on Sunday, March 22? “The planes and accomodation are already booked” was his immediate reply. That is music to the ears of the 35 people who still speak glowingly of CITY WIN: After running second (above) at the Mount Gambier Gold Cup Carnival in May, Lead The Witness bounced back to win at Morphettville last weekend. this year’s trip and, for that matter, anyone else thinking of a superb weekend on the Eyre Peninsula. Mount Gambier next Thursday THE race meeting scheduled for Mount Gambier next Thursday (June 19) will definitely go ahead at the Mount at this stage. That will be a first for this century as I can never recall a June racing meeting acutally going ahead at Mount Gambier since the track reconstruction in 2001. Club general manager Allen Smith said “I have spoken to course curator Darren Kolpin who rates the track currently a Slow 7, and it will take a 25mm down pour or more before the meeting would even be placed in jeopardy”. Sydney racing in good hands A working holiday in Sydney last weekend somehow saw me manage to take in the races at Royal Randwick on Saturday. The grandstands and all facili- ties at Randwick have undergone a massive reconstruction in the past few years, and it really is a showpiece of Australian racing and a “must visit” attraction for tourists who love sport. In fact, I would now place it well in front of Flemington. It was a run of the mill Saturday meeting, but the vast majority of the good sized crowd were dressed like it was Doncaster and Derby day. What caught the eye was the huge percentage of younger racegoers (under 40) which should assure a rosy future for Sydney racing. 22 - The South Eastern Times, Thursday, June 12, 2014 THUMBS UP: Mount Gambier Racing Club secretary, Allen Smith is confident next Thursday’s meeting at Allan Scott Glenburnie Racecourse will definitely go ahead. www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au TURNED THE CORNER: Millicent trainer, Ian “Ned” Walker believes galloper, Lead The Witness has gone from being “Cranky to a beautiful horse.” HANDING THE REINS OVER: Star galloper Lead The Witness was in the stables of Tony McEvoy (pictured) before being transferred to Ian “Ned” Walker’s Millicent stables last Christmas.
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