2022 Country Championships winner Another One has claimed a feature-race victory for his local owners a lot closer to home.
Racing at his home track of Wagga on December 23 for trainer Gary Colvin and apprentice jockey Jett Stanley, the five-year-old appeared to be the class runner in the Ted Ryder Cup field, and he started a firm $2.35 favourite in the $36,000, 1600m event.
The Super One gelding was made to work though as he engaged in an entertaining battle with the Barbara Joseph, Paul and Matt Jones-trained Nieces and Nephews down the long Wagga straight.
Turning for home, recent Hair of the Dog Cup, Cooma Cup, and Fred Cooper Cup winner, Nieces and Nephews held the lead for apprentice jockey Ryan Bradley, and while Another One ranged up and looked the easy winner in the eight-furlong event, the pair eventually went at it hammer and tongs with neither giving an inch.
Another One’s class eventually shone through, and he got home to win by 0.92 of a length from Nieces and Nephews ($8.50), while in third and 2.99 lengths off the winner was the Keith Dryden-trained Dip Me Lid (Damon Budler, $9.50).
Stanley, who was riding Another One for the first time, explained how he picked up the ride.
“To be honest, Gary thought I could claim two kilos, and he wanted to take the weight off him, and he rang my manager, and he wasn’t sure if he was going to race him there, but I took the ride instead of trying to find something else,” Stanley said.
“It worked out well. It was good to be able to get on such a good horse and it is a time-honoured cup and to be able to win it was pretty special.
“It is a privilege to be able to ride in this area and in those good races.”
The 18-year-old agreed that it felt like a match race between Another One and Nieces and Nephews, but the young hoop was confident he was on the right horse with a furlong to go.
“From the 600 metres onwards, it felt like a two-horse race, and Nieces and Nephews would lead, and then we would take the lead,” Stanley said.
“I felt like I put him away at the 200m. He was carrying six kilos less weight, which helped it fight to the line, and he is a tough horse, but Another One was too good for him at the finish.”
Stanley will trek to Corowa on Wednesday, and he believes he is on two winning chances, with the Louisa Dove-trained Tee Cee Tracey ($34) taking on the 900m Maiden Handicap, while the Mitch Beer-trained Buzz ‘N’ Joe ($4.60) contests the 1400m Benchmark 66 Handicap.
“Buzz ‘N’ Joe is a very nice horse, and he is coming off a nice last-start win. It is a tough field, and they all have 60kg, but hopefully we can get the job done there at Corowa tomorrow,” Stanley said.
“Tee Cee Tracey is a nice horse, and we need to find a breakthrough maiden and tomorrow is another strong maiden race but hopefully she can run a good race.”