Connie out to continue winning run

Inzaghi was a good winner for Aaron Sweeney and Connie Greig at Forbes earlier this month. Photo: Racing Photography.

Connie Greig will be the first person to tell you that winning runs come and go for trainers all the time, but she is certainly enjoying her recent run of form that has resulted in four winners at three different tracks.

“While I’m on that Ferris Wheel, I’ll stay on while I can because they will chuck me off soon,” Greig laughed. 

“These runs come in waves, it’s nothing you do different, but it comes around and you enjoy it when it’s your turn, especially if you go around long enough like me.”

The Dubbo trainer has tasted success at Scone, Forbes and Gunnedah in recent weeks, and while she declared there was no winning secret, she believed her stable was enjoying the firmer tracks.

“I attribute the wins to the dryer tracks, we have had abnormal amounts of rain, and if you don’t have wet trackers, then you don’t get those winners,” Greig said. 

“A lot of them (dry trackers) haven’t raced, so some of them needed runs and they are now getting fit.”

Greig kicked off her good run with Fiery Belle greeting the judge first at Scone on July 26, with Aaron Sweeney guiding the five-year-old to her maiden victory over the 1400m at start number 28. 

On August 1, Greig then prepared a double at Forbes, with Inzaghi breaking through at start number 23 in the 1300m Maiden Handicap, again ridden by Aaron Sweeney. 

Later in the meeting, Fiery Belle made it two on the trot when winning the 1400m Class One Handicap, this time ridden by Liam Blanch. 

After a three-hour trip to Gunnedah on Tuesday, Greig was again in the winner’s circle, with Valadyium on the two-day back up after finishing a good fifth at Dubbo, winning the 1600m Class Three Handicap in good fashion, and again it was Aaron Sweeney getting the job done in the saddle. 

Valadyium’s win, on the short back-up, was somewhat of a surprise to Greig, who explained that her five-year-old mare was tough to handle at times. 

“Valadyium is an absolute nightmare, she is her own worst enemy, but she does go alright,” Greig laughed.

“She ran on Sunday, and I wasn’t going to run her, but she ate up and pulled up well, and when mares are in form, they are hard to stop.”

Astute punters following Greig should be counting stacks of cash, with the stable’s recent winners paying double figures, with the shortest being Inzaghi when paying $13 a win at Forbes.

“I am not a big betting person but they all should have been shorter,” Greig said.

“Had Kody Nestor or someone like that trained them, they would have been favourites. 

“Especially Valadyium after the run at Dubbo – she was only beaten a length and a half – but the short back up might have turned people off.”

Greig is now stetting herself for a busy three days, with 10 gallopers nominated across Parkes on Saturday, Narromine on Sunday before trekking back to Gunnedah on Monday. 

“You have to take them where they can win, it would be nice to take them across the road to Dubbo every time, but you need to take them where they will be competitive,” Greig said. 

“Getting runs is the problem, so I’m accepting everywhere and if I can get in, I get in and we race, but if they don’t, I will have to wait until next week.

“I will be going to Parkes, Narromine and Gunnedah, but who with, I don’t know just yet”

The popular trainer admitted it was tough going at times, travelling to tracks all over the state, but she said it was part and parcel of being based in the country.

“Yesterday was a long day – I ride my own work, so after doing that and going to the races, just to come back today and get up at 4am and do it all over again – it’s hard,” Greig said. 

“You just have to do it, it’s a part of racing.”