“Far too easy”: David McColm lands black-type victory

Main: The David McColm-trained and James Orman-ridden Far Too Easy won the Listed Lough Neagh Stakes at Eagle Farm on Saturday. Inset: Connections embrace.
Images: Darren Winningham.

It was ‘far too easy’ as David McColm won the biggest race of his career at Eagle Farm on Saturday, with Murwillumbah galloper Far Too Easy, a dominant winner in the Listed $200,000 Lough Neagh Stakes (1400m). 

Stepping up to seven furlongs following a game third placing to Front Page in the $2 Million The Kosciusko at Royal Randwick back on October 14, the five-year-old was the well-supported $1.60 favourite, and didn’t he know it. 

The All Too Hard gelding glided down the Eagle Farm straight with James Orman in the saddle, putting close to five lengths on the field. 

McColm said the stars aligned for connections, with everything falling into place on the day. 

“Even this morning, everything had gone well,” McColm told NSW Country and Picnic Racing.

“He drew well, and the distance is probably what he is looking for now. The rain came last night, and he had the best rider; everything fell into place.”

When asked how he felt during the dominant win, McColm was just pleased for his horse. 

“Halfway down the straight, I turned to the other connections and started hugging them,” McColm said. 

“It was a satisfying win, but not as much for us, but for the horse because he has been so honest, given us so much, and deserved it.

“He gives 110% every run, never shirks a task, even if he doesn’t win, and for him to do what he did today, it’s absolutely satisfying.”

Far Too Easy has been an exceptional galloper for McColm and connections, and all after surviving the NSW floods in early 2022. 

In a previous interview with NSW Country and Picnic Racing, McColm held back tears when explaining that his gelding almost drowned during one of the most stressful situations of his life. 

Still, he survived and has since gone on to start 19 times for eight wins and five minor placings while earning connections just shy of $1.3 million in prize money.

During a glittering career that only promises more success, Far Too Easy won the $150,000 Northern Rivers Racing Association Country Championships qualifier in 2022 but, up until Saturday, had been unable to secure that elusive feature ‘black-type’ race win.

He went on to finish fourth to Another One in the 2022 Country Championships final.

In 2022, he also finished second in the Listed Gold Edition Plate and fourth in the $2 million Magic Millions 3YO Guineas.

Later that year, he finished second to Front Page in the $2 million The Kosciuszko before this year’s third placing, again to Front Page. 

“The sad thing about the horse is that he has been competitive in some good races and against some really good horses, but he actually hadn’t had any black type to his name until today, where he rectified that,” McColm said. 

“Black type is important, and it’s nice to get because he well and truly deserved it.” 

As far as what’s next for Far Too Easy, McColm is eyeing the $1 million Magic Millions Cup. 

The Restricted Listed event is run with set weights over 1400m at Gold Coast on Saturday, January 13.

“We’re heading to the Magic Millions Cup, and then next year, I really want to look after him and find him the right races,” McColm said. 

“We’ve done that so far and not over-raced him, and I think the plan is that we’ll head to the Big Dance and try and qualify him for that. 

“There are a couple of other races, and we were targeting the Stradbroke this year, but his Benchmark wasn’t high enough, and that could be on the radar too, but when you look at the Big Dance and its prizemoney, that is the obvious option.”

Far Too Easy’s win extends McColm’s good recent run in Queensland, with his stable winning at Eagle Farm on Wednesday with Flying Mikki. 

Contesting the $38,000 Class Two Handicap (1200m), the four-year-and made it three wins from three starts when getting home by a length. 

The lightly raced Mikki Isle gelding has shown a lot early in his career, winning by two lengths when on debut at Doomben on August 22 before a 15-month break from the races led to a dominant victory at Grafton last month.