Punters looking for an omen bet would have gravitated towards the Ben, Will, and JD Hayes-trained Gin O’Clock in the final event on Tuesday’s seven-race program at Corowa.
On a good day for punters, where many favourites or those well in the market saluted, the getting out stakes was an easy watch, as the $2.40 chance blitzed his rivals in a near track record time of 1:34.81 to win by five and a half lengths in the 1600m Class One/Maiden Plate.
Ridden by Mark Pegus, the five-year-old led comfortably from gate five and extended his lead into the home straight before being eased to the line for the easiest of wins.
“He’s a nice horse when everything goes his way,” Pegus said.
“The plan was to just be in front and let him bowl along and not strangle him, and he just coasted along nicely.
“Now the boys have got the trick to him; he’ll go on with it.”
Gin O’Clock is an interesting commodity, with the Irish-bred Kodi Bear gelding out of Katherine Lee.
Trained by Alice Haynes, he raced twice in England in late 2021, finishing second on debut at York before breaking through in a 1408m two-year-old event at Chelmsford.
After a two-year break, Gin O’Clock resumed in Australia for the Hayes yard, finishing down the track in tougher Benchmark 64 Handicaps at Moonee Valley and Ballarat last month.
His class shone through in an easier grade at Corowa, and only time will tell if he lives up to his ability.
On a good day’s racing at Corowa, Danny Beasley picked up two wins for his efforts.
He combined with Wagga trainer Gary Colvin, emerging victorious on the impressive Persian Dancer ($4.80) in the 1400m Benchmark 58 Handicap, which just edged the $1.45 hot pot, Just Like Liam (Simon Miller), from the Garry Worsnop yard.
Beasley had an easier time with his second victory, cruising to a four-and-a-half length win on the Leon and Troy Corstens-trained Indira ($1.65) in the 1400m Maiden Plate.
John Kissick continued his triumphant return from injury, with the Dan McCarthy-trained Solvere ($3.90) franking his Berrigan and Hay form when making it three wins on the trot while lobbing a mammoth 64.5kg to victory in the 1200m Benchmark 58 Handicap.
Veteran jockey Nick Souquet continues to age like a fine win, with the Wodonga-based hoop winning on the Ross Purcell-trained Gobbo’s Mate ($2.70) in the 1000m Maiden Plate.
Kilmore visitor Alicia MacPherson combined with Goulburn jockey Richard Bensley when winning the 1200m Maiden Handicap with Gulf of Finland ($1.85).
Simon Miller also got his winner when teaming up with Peter Maher. The pair took out the 1000m Benchmark 66 Handicap with Projeto ($5), which looked above average when winning his second race against more experienced sprinters.
Corowa race next on December 30.