Cameron Crockett created his own little piece of history at Royal Randwick on Saturday when training the trifecta in the Highway Handicap.
The Scone trainer’s trio of gallopers gapped the rest of the field by two lengths in the 1400m Class Two Handicap, with Super Extreme (James McDonald, $5) defeating Titration (Jason Collett, $11) by 0.67 of a length, while in third and 0.94 of a length off the winner was Indicative (Kerrin McEvoy, $12).
“It was a big thrill. I have trained a first and third in a Highway before, but not the trifecta,” Crockett said.
“I thought they could nearly run the trifecta from inside barriers, but I was a bit disheartened when I saw the barrier draw and that they had all drawn wide, so I knew I would need some luck.
“I wasn’t as confident as I should have been, and it just goes to show with a good jockey, you are a chance.”
Crockett was most pleased for connections of all three horses, who have been more than patient owners.
“I was rapt for all of them really,” Crockett said.
“All three ownership groups have had horses that have always shown that bit of ability but have never had that clear path, so it was a good result for everyone involved.
“I am just happy to see all of them perform well at that grade, and I know it probably wasn’t the hardest Highway I’ve ever seen, but the three of them went well and proved that they are up to that class of race.”
Leading into the race, Crockett gave all three gallopers a winning hope, and he touched on each runner after the history-making trifecta.
“The little horse (Super Extreme); he’s just been given too much to do his last two starts from bad barriers, and it was a bit disheartening how far he got back in his last two Highways, but after that third at Muswellbrook a few starts back, we knew he was Highway grade and he got his chance today,” Crockett said.
“The other horse Titration; he was with Matty Dunn originally, and Matty said to his owners that he was not going to be a country-trained horse if he stayed with him, and he went up the coast and didn’t fire, and he has come here and he is a nice horse.
“With Indicative, his last run at Mudgee was the worst run of his career, but he had his excuses, and this race was second-up and that was always the plan for him, and he came through the Mudgee run with no issues, and he ran up to what we expected.”
All being fair, the Scone trio will take on another Highway Handicap on December 31 when contesting the 1400m Class Three Handicap, and while Super Extreme is not eligible to race in the series, depending on results in Sydney, Indicative and Titration could be set for the Country Championships Hunter North West qualifier at Tamworth on February 26.
“There is another Highway in two weeks, and they will all go there if they get through this run,” Crockett said.
“After that, we’re not sure. Indicative was always pencilled in as a Country Champs horse, but he probably needs to win a Highway at his next two starts to get his benchmark up, so in the back of my mind it’s an option, but we know he needs to win before now and then.
“Titration probably won’t get in, but who knows; if he comes out and wins a Highway, we could definitely look at that race as an option.”
The Crockett stable will look to continue their good recent form at Scone on Tuesday, Coonabarabran on Friday, and Tamworth on Saturday, while the team will have another chance at more Highway success on Saturday, with Salire and Jet Pack entered in the 1100m Class Three Handicap.