Leading Southern District trainer Trevor Sutherland, who prepared the card at Carrathool in 2017, achieved another milestone at Wagga’s TAB meeting on July 8 with four of the seven winners on the day.
The quartet of winners, which started with consistent grey gelding Extra Cool winning his maiden after a patient ride from Bek Prest, broke a run of outs for last season’s NSW Country Trainer of the Year.
The win of Extra Cool was also the first leg of a winning double for Young-based owners Mick Terry and Pat Reardon who also have the exciting Sutherland-trained homebred Real Key, who won his maiden on debut.
The three-year-old, who is by Bowness Stud stallion Bon Hoffa, was ridden by jockey Mick Travers, who has returned to Wagga in recent months after being based at Cowra.
“Mick and Pat have been great supporters of the stable in recent years and I am delighted to be able to train a couple of winners for them,” Sutherland said.
“Real Key is a bit of a handful, but there is no doubt he is talented and he can only improve as his manners do. With some luck, he might be good enough to be aimed at the NSW Country Championships next year.
“Credit to Mick Travers, too, who was able to get Real Key out of the barriers and into an ideal position behind the leaders. The horse did the rest and it was a really exciting debut.”
The third of Sutherland’s victories was an emotional one for the connections of comeback gelding Sir Ottavio, who capped his return from a suspensory injury with success in the Riverina Cup Prelude (2500m).
Ridden by Travers, Sir Ottavio came from off the speed in a solidly run race to win by half a length. Stablemate King Of Sting finished fourth in the Prelude.
“Ocky is a grand horse who has come back from a suspensory injury sustained in last year’s Riverina Cup. It has taken a while to get him fit but he showed what he could do over a trip on Monday,” he said.
“It gives me great satisfaction to win with this horse as his owner-breeder Leona Watson has been unwell, so I hope this gives her a boost. She has had horses with me for many years.”
Sir Ottavio and stablemate King Of Sting, who ran fourth in the Riverina Cup Prelude, will press on to the Riverina Cup (3800m) next month.
Long-time Wagga-based jockey Brett Fliedner also combined with Sutherland to ride a winner on Monday, partnering Tearful Kitty to an overdue TAB win.
The consistent four-year-old rarely runs a bad race but has been unable to break through in TAB company, but she was aided by a gun ride by Fliedner who saved her for one run late in the Benchmark 50 (1300m).
“She has a short sprint and Brett held her up, got her into the clear at the right time and she hit the line strongly,” Sutherland said.
“I’ve always believed in this mare from early days but it hasn’t quite worked out. Brett rides Kitty a lot in her work and gets on well with her. It showed in her win on Monday.”
As for the form turnaround, Sutherland said: “We have been working hard but things haven’t gone our way. We’ve run a lot of placings but on Monday things went our way. That is racing.”
He also credited the work of his stable staff for the four-timer.
“I’ve got a lot of track riders putting in the hard work at the moment, including Mick Travers, Brett Fliedner as well as Britt Heywood, Darrel Burnett and a few others all turning up and putting the horses through their paces,” he said.
“That showed on Monday with our results. All our horses ran well and I’m looking forward to the next few months with the team we’ve got in work.”