Barrys enjoy a great run
Tuesday, 1st November, 2011
By John Casey
While millions of eyeballs will be fixated on Flemington at 2.30pm this afternoon for the running of the Melbourne Cup, BH horse trainer Barry Murray will be towing a one-horse float along the Silver City Highway and carefully scanning the road to avoid hitting any kangaroos.
Murray will be heading home from Wentworth, hopefully having added the $5000 Sunraysia Daily Handicap to his recent run of success - which included a win at Balranald on Saturday with Run Barry Run.
A 10-year-old veteran, Run Barry Run stormed home to win the $8000 feature event at Balranald on Saturday, while fellow BH trainer Frank Stacey also picked up prizemoney when Frankie Sea finished third.
Murray will be joined at Wentworth today by Menindee trainer Wayne Marsden - who has three runners - and Stacey, who will back up with Frankie Sea in the same race that Murray will contest with Fatlamp.
The BH rivals finished one-two at the Silver City Cup meeting 10 days with Murray coming out on top and he believes Fatlamp will be hard to beat again this afternoon.
“It’s the first time Fatlamp has drawn a good barrier (1) in about two years,” Murray laughed.
“He’s going well at the moment and I’ve had success at Wentworth in the past, so I’m hoping we have something to smile about on the way home.”
While Murray enjoyed the drive home from Balranald on Saturday thanks to Run Barry Run, his hectic schedule meant he had to leave the track before the presentation.
Running his own stable has also prevented Murray from seeing any of the Melbourne Cup lead-up races and he says he has no idea who will win the race that stops the nation.
“I managed to see a few replays yesterday (Sunday) but when you have your own horses to look after the other races take a back seat,” Murray explained.
Run Barry Run is locally owned by Darren McInnes and Brendan Orr but there is no connection between the horse’s name and that of its trainer.
“In the past I had kept an eye on him (when trained in Victoria and SA) because of the name, but I’ve only had him for three runs,” Murray said.
“He’s been a great money-spinner for the owners because they didn’t pay a lot for him and they are having a lot of fun.”
Despite his veteran status, 10-year-old Run Barry Run is enjoying a new lease on life with three wins from his last five starts.
The win at Balranald was the 10th of the horse’s career and lifted his prizemoney to more than $80,000.
“We put the blinkers back on him and I was feeling confident about 600 metres out because I knew he would finish strongly,” Murray said about the Balranald victory.
Balranald Race Club President Tony Conway was delighted with the response to Saturday’s meeting.
“We had an excellent crowd pushing up towards 1000 people including a lot of visitors and our Fashions of the Field were a big success with around $6000 in prizes up for grabs,” Mr Conway said.
Success at Wentworth today would make it three winners in 11 days for the Murray stable but pleasure and pain are regular bed-fellows for horse trainers, illustrated by the absence of Casino Bob from today’s Wentworth Cup field.
Casino Bob was narrowly beaten into third spot in the thrilling finish to the recent Silver City Cup in BH and would have been a contender at Wentworth but pulled up a little sore last week and will need some time off.
So Barry Murray will be heading 300km south with just one runner this morning, hoping to have a smile on his face after the Wentworth races and avoid the pesky kangaroos on the way back home.