Another One aims for Country Championships/Kosciouszko double

Nick Heywood guided the Gary Colvin-trained Another One to a second consecutive SDRA Country Championship qualifier victory at Wagga last year. Photo: Bradley Photos.

Wagga galloper Another One will look to emulate the same feat achieved by the Terry Robinson-trained Art Cadeau in 2021, by winning both the 2022 Country Championships and The Kosciuszko. 

The Gary Colvin trained five-year-old became the first Southern Districts Racing Association (SDRA) winner of the Country Championships back in April, with Nick Heywood guiding the galloper to victory in the $500,000 country-only feature. 

With the 14 slot holders for The Kosciuszko picked out via a random draw on Friday morning, it didn’t take long for Another One to gain selection in the $2 million race, with North Curl Curl TAB customer Robert Watson doing a deal with Colvin and connections.

“We got it organised pretty quickly,” Colvin said. 

“The ticket holder and his father have picked him. He is a professional golfer and plays the Pro-Ams and he has been to Wagga a few times, and he asked me who will be riding him, and I said Willy Pike, and from there we just did a deal. 

“They seem like very sociable people, and I said we are a sociable stable, so it should be a good fit,” Colvin laughed. 

Another One is currently third favourite at $8 to win the country-only feature at Royal Randwick on October 15, and Colvin said he was always confident his champion country horse would be picked for the race. 

“I was pretty confident in getting a slot, but you do sometimes wonder if you will be left waiting and then you start to think what you might have to do to get him in,” Colvin said. 

“I was at the Union Club Hotel, which is owned by Pat McRedmond, and they are in the horse too, and it was funny, I walked in there last night (Friday), and we still hadn’t got a ticket, but I got the call, and we got it sorted.”

Now that Colvin and connections have their ‘golden ticket’, the Wagga trainer will prepare Another One to go into The Kosciuszko first-up.

“We did a bit of work with him this morning, and he went really good,” Colvin said.  

“He will trial on (September) 17th, because they are putting a trial on at Wagga, and if I’m happy with that, he will trial on October 1 at Wagga and then go straight into The Kosciuszko.

“He is a very athletic horse, and I don’t have to really go over the top with his work.

“He will have those couple of trials, and we should have him spot on, plus he is really good fresh.”

When asked about the appointment of champion hoop Will Pike, Colvin said it was nothing against Heywood, but more that he put the ride out there to the state’s leading hoops in a bid to give the locally owned galloper every chance on the big day.

“I am just a big fan of him, and I put it out to the top four or five jockeys, and I said to Nick Heywood that if they didn’t want to ride him, that he would have ridden him,” Colvin said. 

“I spoke to Willy Pike’s manager, and well he got back to me within half an hour to an hour and he wanted the ride.”

Another One is just one of three SDRA horses so far selected to contest The Kosciuszko, with the Mitch Beer-trained Mnementh the first horse picked, with part-owner Michael Dyordyevic the winning ticket holder at North Albury, making it easy a decision for connections. 

The Geoff Duryea-trained Front Page was also picked, with Karabar TAB customer John Hurley and his syndicate the lucky owners. 

Colvin was pleased to see a strong SDRA representation taking on The Kosciuszko 

“They forget about us out here sometimes,” Colvin said. 

“They don’t always worry about SDRA horses, but there are some good ones out here and we are all there to have a real crack, and hopefully we put the SDRA on the map.”

On what was a whirlwind Friday afternoon and Saturday for country racing fans, Commando Hunt (Cameron Crockett), 2021 winner and favourite Art Cadeau (Terry Robinson), It’s Me (Brett Cavanough), Fender (Brett Cavanough), Front Page (Geoff Duryea), Talbragar (Cody Morgan), and Golden Point (Stirling Osland) all gained selection in The Kosciuszko.

Since then, Edit (Cody Morgan), Spiranac (Rod Northam), and Far Too Easy (David McColm) have been picked up, meaning there are 3 slots remaining.