Deshawn keeps winning for Cowra trainer

Barry Wall with talented galloper Deshawn. Photo: Racing Photography.

He might have been somewhat of a giveaway that has changed hands multiple times, but it hasn’t stopped Deshawn from turning into a handy country galloper.

The Zoffany gelding made his debut back in 2020 for Joe Curran, but he failed to impress in his first three starts and soon found himself in the care of Cowra trainer Barry Wall.

The six-year-old appears to be at home with Wall, and in his next 39 starts, he has won eight races and placed on a further 14 occasions, taking his career earnings to just shy of $130,000. 

Wall believes a relaxed country setting has helped get the best out of Deshawn.

“He’s a horse you don’t have to do too much with,” Wall said. 

“The more he races the better he goes, and he is just a pleasure to do anything with. 

“I got him for nothing, and he had three trainers before I got to him, and he just loves the country life. 

“He has a little paddock out the back of his box and he stands there and watches the sheep and cattle all day, and he just loves it out there.”

Deshawn won his third race this preparation at Narrandera on Sunday, with the Cowra galloper proving too tough for his rivals in the 1400m Benchmark 58 Handicap. 

Teighan Worsnop jumped aboard with a three-kilogram claim, meaning he only had to carry 59kg in the seven-furlong event, but the pair were forced four and five wide after jumping from gate 11. 

Wornsop went forward and still travelled three-wide into the home turn, and despite all of his work, Deshawn ($2.70 favourite) showed a lot of guts, holding off the Kym Davidson-trained Albert’s Melody (Nick Souquet, $5.50) by 0.59 of a length, while in third was the Ross Purcell-trained Zarsupreme (Molly Bourke, $12) by 0.89 of a length.   

“I told Teigs, don’t be worried if you’re three wide, just go forward and she did a perfect job, and it was a perfect ride, and you couldn’t expect any more from the young girl; she is a great little rider,” Wall said. 

Despite the tough run in transit, Worsnop said Deshawn was full of running as the pair crossed the finishing line.

“He went absolutely beautiful. Earlier on we were stuck four wide, and I thought, ‘I have got to go forward’, if not I was better three wide and four wide, and I knew he was going to finish off, but he almost didn’t pull up; he just kept coming,” Worsnop said. 

Deshawn had never won at 1400m prior to Sunday’s win at Narrandera, and Wornsop believes the track played to his advantage. 

“He had won at 1300m, and I looked at his runs and he hadn’t been far off, and I just thought at Narrandera, if we had a go early on and he likes that pace, he should run very close, and well he won it.”

Deshawn’s win at Narrandera capped off a terrific day of racing for the club, who were called upon to host the eight-race-meeting in the place of Cootamundra. 

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