Trevor Sutherland has made a statement early in the new racing season, preparing 13 winners to surge to the front in the NSW Country Trainers’ Premiership.
The leading Wagga-based horseman has enjoyed a brilliant past few weeks with recent winning trebles at Gundagai, Narrandera and, most recently on his home track at the big Aggies race day.
The hot form continued with Tearful Kitty scoring at Corowa on Monday, with the rejuvenated mare racing in career-best form and justifying her loyal owners’ patience.
Sutherland, who won last season’s Southern District Racing Association trainers’ premiership, is four wins ahead of his nearest rival on the country trainers’ premiership in Kris Lees and five in front of fellow Newcastle-based trainer Paul Perry.
On the NSW state trainers’ premiership Sutherland is in fifth place behind Chris Waller, James Cummings, Lees and Peter and Paul Snowden.
One of his Wagga winners on Saturday, September 15, was My Maher, a talented mare on the comeback trail from a spate of setbacks that hampered her career.
My Maher was transferred to Sutherland’s stables and made it two wins in six days after scoring at the Gundagai meeting on the previous Sunday.
“My Maher has always had talent – there is no doubt about that – but it was just a matter of getting her to relax early in her races,” Sutherland said.
“We have worked hard on that in trackwork and it has paid off in her past two wins where she has been able to use the turn of foot that she possesses.
“Her owners Mick Terry, Pat Reardon and Terry Hill have been very patient and it is tremendous they are now being rewarded. I have no doubt she can win at metropolitan level in the right race.”
Run Hoff Run (pictured), who is owned by a syndicate headed by the gelding’s breeder Graeme Mathieson, also made it two wins this campaign with a tough victory in the Aggies Cup (1600m) with 62 kilograms.
Riverbend Chief, who was also bred and is owned by Mathieson, has also won this campaign for Sutherland.
“We’ve been working hard and things have started to fall our way,” Sutherland said.
“The jockeys have been putting the horses in the right spots and they have been presented to do their best and the results have followed. It’s been pleasing for all concerned.”
Stable flagbearers Hangin’ With Willy and Willy White Socks, who won the Forbes Cup early in the new season, have also continued to race well.
Another consistent older horse, noted wet-tracker Gentleman Max, also got the job done when striking his favoured heavy track at Albury last month.
“I’ve been patient with some of the young horses who either haven’t raced or only had a handful of starts, so things are looking positive for the remainder of the spring and heading into the New Year,” he said.
While making his presence felt on the racetrack in recent months, Sutherland has also been busy preparing a draft of juveniles for the upcoming Inglis Ready2Race Sale at Riverside Stables at Warwick Farm.
Breeze-ups will be conducted at Warwick Farm on Friday ahead of the sale on October 15.
Sutherland has a draft of six two-year-olds by sires including Shamus Award, Choisir, Uncle Mo and The Brothers War.