Mick’s ‘Boy’ goes out on winning note
Wednesday, 2nd November, 2011
By John Casey
While the drove of international entries was charging to the line in yesterday’s Melbourne Cup, BH trainer Mick Wayman was conducting a successful raid of his own, sending veteran Norm’s Boy into retirement with a win in Mildura.
After his gallant third at the recent Silver City Cup meeting in BH, Wayman was optimistic that his 10-year-old stable star could salute at his racetrack farewell and Norm’s Boy lived up to his part of the bargain.
Lumping top weight of 59 kilograms, Norm’s Boy notched his 18th win at his 83rd and final start, holding off Mildura veteran Toxic Free Mallee in a battle of the greybeards.
An 11-year-old, Toxic Free Mallee was also having his final start before retirement.
Just across the border from Mildura, the Paula Trenwith-trained 10-year-old Da Thong continued the dominance of the older brigade by taking out the Wentworth Cup.
The Wentworth meeting wasn’t as kind to local trainers Barry Murray (Silverton) and Wayne Marsden (Menindee).
The Murray-trained Fatlamp managed third in the Sunraysia Daily Handicap, but all three of Marsden’s entries ran un-placed.
There was some joy for White Cliffs-based trainer Heidi Smith however, who grabbed third prizemoney with Coota Queen in the $7000 Trentham Estate Plate at Mildura.
Yesterday’s feature event at Mildura - the Mallee Cup - was taken out by Double Hopped, with Mick Wayman’s Silver City Cup runner-up Dealers running last in the four-horse field.