Patient Waymouth praises ‘magic job’

Nanjing Night Net

An emotional Norm Waymouth put a testing run of outs behind him when his favourite horse, Mister Milton, landed a long overdue win in the Straight Six at Flemington, completing a treble for young jockey Damian Lane.

Waymouth was a star in the saddle in the 1970s and ’80s and carried Mister Milton’s blue and yellow silks to victory in the Blue Diamond Stakes on the brilliant colt Rancher for his father Charlie in 1982, but as a trainer has maintained only a small team in the hope of uncovering a star of his own.

Mister Milton hinted at hitting the heights when placed third behind Mosheen in the Australian Guineas last year, but many injury niggles have kept the four-year-old from realising his potential.

Saturday’s win was proof that the entire is a genuine black-type performer.

”His last run here he was maybe a gallop, maybe two, underdone. I came here today and said he just could not get beat, there was no way in the world anything was gonna beat him,” Waymouth said.

”He’s a lovely horse, he deserves this. It’s only a listed race but we’re gonna come back in the spring and we’re gonna brain them.

”He’s never let me down. If you knew some of the problems he’s had, he’s done a magic, magic job.”

For Lane, the victory iced a special day after wins on Menage A Charge and Desert Wizard in the first two races.

”He [Mister Milton] hasn’t won for a while but he’s run some nice races in better races so it was great to get him home,” Lane said. ”It’s the first time for me to get three in Melbourne so it’s a big day, it means a lot.”

Mister Milton travelled well into the race by the 400 metres before quickening well to dash clear of By The Way, a late closer, and race favourite That’s The One, which had a luckless run. Jockey Glen Boss was unable to extract the big sprinter from behind a wall of horses.

Consistent stayer Unchain My Heart continued a recent female domination of the Listed Andrew Ramsden Stakes (3200 metres) when she became the third mare in four years to take Flemington’s other two-mile race.

Unchain My Heart and stablemate Whisper Downs, also a winner yesterday, of the Baden Baden Trophy, continue to stand up to a rigorous schedule. Trainer David Hayes has coaxed the horses to nine and 18 runs respectively, scoring multiple wins.

”She’s fantastic, just fantastic, and she gives her owners a very big thrill. The crew at home have done a great job with her and it’s a testament to David’s training and the benefit of having the farm at Euroa” said Hayes stable foreman Bruno Rouge-Serret.

Unchain My Heart surged over the final furlong to reel in the Kathryn Durden-trained Wells and score by a half length, with Chris Waller’s import, Thubiaan, a further 1¾ lengths away in third place.

Fledgling syndication company First Light Racing continued to shine when Menage A Charge won her first race by taking out the Victorian Carbine Club Plate (1000 metres).

The win highlighted the highs and lows of racing. A group within the filly’s ownership had been shattered when their first horse, a colt by Hard Spun, died in a paddock accident before it got to the races.

”Fortunately we convinced them to go around again,” said First Light director Sam Kilkenny.

”They’re a good group of young guys and thankfully we’ve found them a good filly.

”She only cost $27,000 and she’s just won an $80,000 race at Flemington so it’s a great story all round.

”She had a lot of barrier issues early on. We thought we were a live chance to go to the Gold Coast [Magic Millions] but she was just wouldn’t settle in the gates.

”Julian Welsh has done a great job with her to get her right, he’s out there every morning teaching her how to jump [from the barriers].”

Menage A Charge, by Charge Forward out of Trois Couleurs, was too speedy for the Robert Smerdon-trained Calcatta, with Mick Kent’s well-backed debutante Miss Steele in third place.

Kilkenny and his business partner Tim Wilson are enjoying enormous success with a growing client base, the members of which are largely in their late 20s and early 30s.

Ten of its first 12 runners have won, including six this year. Their winners include city performers Hamam, Suite Success and Epic Saga, in just its third year of operation.

”We’ve had some good luck so far but we’re in it for the long haul so hopefully it continues,” Kilkenny said. ”The main thing is that we get results like this with young owners who are going to stay involved in racing for a long time.”

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