Ridden by champion jockey Danny Beasley, the winner of the 2022 Country Championship, the 2021 and 2022 Southern Districts Qualifiers, and the 2022 Ted Ryder Cup, proved too strong for a star-studded field in the 1400m feature.
In a quickly-run race, Beasley sat quiet on the rails as Super Helpful (Quayde Krogh, $11) ran the field along, but he snuck up along the inside and edged the Keith Dryden-trained Handle The Truth (Tim Clark, $8) by 0.69 of a length to win, while in third and 0.87 of a length back was the Matthew Dale-trained Cavalier Charlas (Sam Clipperton, $3.60).
Colvin was understandably over the moon with the victory.
“It’s fantastic,” he said.
“He is just a good horse, and he is so easy to train. I wish all horses were like that, and he is just a fantastic horse to train.
“We brought him over here, and don’t worry, we had him pretty wound up, and we were looking to get him up more in distance, so I picked this race first-up and you can see today, he is pretty well switched – it was a terrific win.”
Another One took part in a well-documented trial at Wagga on Monday, finishing second to the Scott Spackman-trained Rocket Tiger over 1000m, and Colvin believes the hit-out had his five-year-old in tip-top shape for Sunday’s feature race at Canberra.
“He definitely needed that trial,” Colvin said.
“He had a bit of a jump out, but that trial was nice, and he looked a bit dour, but I was pretty happy with it.”
As far as plans for the future, Colvin said Sunday’s win meant he would have to revaluate things.
“I was going to Albury for the (Albury) Mile race at cup time, but he might get a few weight points now, so I might have to have a look somewhere else,” Colvin said.
It isn’t the first feature race Danny Beasley has won for Colvin since returning to Australia, with the pair teaming up to win the 2023 Tumbarumba Cup with Carnival Miss earlier in January, but it is certainly Beasley’s biggest win since arriving home after a long stint in Singapore.
“He is the reigning Country Championships horse, so he has proven he can do it, and he has been a great horse for Gary and connections,” Beasley said.
“All credit to Gary and the team; they presented him in perfect order today, and I knew he just had to go out there and execute it.”
Super Helpful certainly spread the field out for the first half of the race, with the Canberra galloper leading by up to six length at one stage, but Beasley said he was always confident he was on the right horse.
“He travelled really well in the run, and the race probably didn’t turn out as the map would say, but those things happen, and you just have to adapt and go along with it,” Beasley said.
“He gave me a really good ride, he travelled well, and I was pretty confident in the run because I know how he can finish when he travels like that.”
The Black Opal Stakes and National Sprint race day is always a huge occasion for Thoroughbred Park, and Beasley was thrilled to see a bumper crowd in attendance.
“What a great day today, and they have been blessed by beautiful weather, but to see this great turnout, the club has done a great job,” Beasley said.
“The track is a little bit hit and miss in some places, but it’s fair and most horses are handling it, and when you ride a winner, it’s a great day.”
In the feature on the day, Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott created history, with Tim Clark guiding Autumn Ballet ($4.60) to victory in the $200,000 Black Opal Stakes for the two-year-olds.
The Sydney galloper became the first horse in the 50-year history of the Black Opal Stakes to win on debut, while Waterhouse and Bott quinellad the race, with The Years (Regan Bayliss, $4.20) finishing second, while in third was the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained Make A Call (Sam Clipperton, $31)