Friday, 2nd May, 2014
By By Craig Brealey
He is a big, docile fellow that even a child can handle but come race day Triumphant One is a different beast altogether.
Soon after Silverton trainer Barry Murray bought him he won at St Pat’s and then, after a couple of second placings in South Australia, he won again last Sunday in Port Augusta.
Mr Murray said he was casting about for a new horse about 15 months ago when he saw what appeared a likely type advertised for sale in Queensland.
“I got him from the Sunshine Coast. He’s well bred and nice looking,” he said.
“He won at Paddy’s last year and I got a second with him at Balaclava.
“Then I took him to Gawler and he trialled really well so I raced him at Balaclava again but he pulled too hard after leading all the way and finished sixth, about two lengths from the winner.”
But Mr Murray had faith in the horse he and wife Helen have christened “Mannie” after his sire, Mannerhill, who won races for Lee Freedman in Melbourne.
On Sunday he took Mannie down to Port Augusta where he had set him for the 1400 metre race and booked top hoop Adrian Patterson.
“He likes the 1400 to 1500 metres,” Mr Murray said. “Adrian rode him really well. He sat him outside the leader and he won by a long neck. He beat the favourite.”
In what turned out to be a good omen, Triumphant One’s part-owner had travelled a very long way to be there, said Helen.
“Torro Clark, who lives in Queensland, was visiting and was at the races to see him win,” she said.
“He has managed to be present at both wins, so everyone is very happy.”
Triumphant One might not always live up to his race name (it’s a pretty tall order), nor his nickname (he’s a gelding) but he is only five years old and his trainer said he had already paid for himself.
“He’s keeping his purchase price!” he said.
That might be about to change. Triumphant One is nominated to race in Pt Augusta again on Sunday week. If he finishes in front, so does the Murray stable.