A triumph for Barry
Tuesday, 19th March, 2013
By Kurtis J Eichler
Silverton trainer Barry Murray was the only local horseman with a good reason to smile at Saturday's St Pat's races. Mr Murray's four-year-old Triumphant One claimed victory in the Far West Auto Hyundai Class 2 Handicap to give the trainer his first St Pat's winner.
Triumphant One beat Pretty Blonde from the stable of Kym Healy, who trained last year's Cup winner.
"I've had a few placings here and rode at the first St Patrick's meeting, and run third in the main race. I run a few placings but just couldn't train a winner," Mr Murray said yesterday.
"So it's really fantastic to get one now."
Mr Murray gave the horse a "big chance" even though he'd only had three starts.
"He's been doing a couple of little things wrong and I changed a bit of gear about him and I think I had him sorted out - and it worked good."
He told jockey Joe Bowditch to try and go for the front and up the pace.
"He likes to bowl along, that's his coping. It was a very good ride by Joe. A top jockey helps."
Helen Murray, Barry's wife, also put a lot of effort into training Triumphant One at the couple's Silverton property for his home track debut.
"He tried his little heart out and he's a lovely horse," said Mrs Murray.
"He's a stallion and you wouldn't even know he was there. He's a beautiful-natured horse"