Lightning strikes twice as Primal Scream wins Quirindi sprint

Brooke Stower is all smiles after guiding the Cameron Crockett-trained Primal Scream to victory in Friday’s Lighting Handicap at Quirindi. Photo: Bradley Photos.

Lightning has struck twice for the Cameron Crockett-trained Primal Scream.

The five-year-old returned from a five-week let-up at Walcha earlier this month, winning the $35,000 Lightning Handicap over the 1000m journey for Brook Stower. 

On Friday, Stower was in the saddle again, and she guided the Sepoy gelding to win another Lightning Handicap victory, this time taking out the $40,200 feature at Quirindi.

Crocket said he went to Quirindi confident of a good result.

“I was more confident at Quirindi than I was at Walcha,” Crockett explained. 

“He had the soft draw there at Quirindi and there looked to be a bit of speed and he looked to get the gun run.”

Primal Scream didn’t have it all go his own way after leading comfortably, with Citrouille taken the front by Serg Lisneyy, and even on the home turn there were a handful of chances, with Stower opting to take the inside run. 

That decision proved fruitful for connections, with the Scone galloper hugging the rail to win by 0.21 of a length from the Grant Marshall-trained Leave Me Some (Grant Buckley), while in third was the Troy O’Neile-trained Lashoni (Matthew Palmer).

“When I watched it, at first I thought Brooke had got into a bit of trouble at the top of the straight, but when I watched the replay, I could see what had happened,” Crockett said. 

“She got into an awkward position, and if she persisted going the way she was, she would have had to wait for the horse in front of her to improve and she might have ended up in a spot of bother.

“She made the right decision going back to the inside and that’s what won us the race.”

Crockett’s five-year-old is flying of late and has now won six times from 18 starts, earning connections over $110,000 in prizemoney.

Despite being in work since late last year, Primal Scream looks to be in career-best form and Crockett said his sprinter was feeling good. 

“I thought he was the best I’ve had him, but it’s always in the back of your mind when they have been in for a while,” Crockett said. 

The Scone trainer said a different approach to Primal Scream’s work could have unlocked a secret to his Quirindi feature-race win and future success.  

“After Walcha, he didn’t gallop the last fortnight because he has bad feet,” Crockett said. 

“From the day he won the Lightning, I had a plan, and I wasn’t going to put him on grass and I just kept him on sand and other than that, he trotted and cantered. 

“He was just doing 18s for the furlong on the sand, and we thought we would try something different with him and we did that twice.

“He is five runs in already, so we were confident he would keep his fitness, but it was a matter of taking it easy on him and I thought he felt really good.”

Assuming he pulls up sound and wanting to run, Primal Scream will likely take on the 1000m Open Handicap sprint at Scone on March 20.

“He has been in a while, and it was a hot day, and the track was firm,” Crockett said.

“But we trotted him in the morning (Saturday) and it’s the best he has come through for a run.

“We will look at a race at Scone on Championship Day in about four weeks. We will give him an easy week and assess him and make a plan after that.”

Primal Scream wasn’t the only feature-race winner on the day, with the Peter Sinclair-trained Ah Well taking out the Quirindi Cup for Rachael Murray. 

The Moree galloper finished ahead of the Sue Grills Mandalong Tapit (Grant Buckley) in second and Cody Morgan-trained Acrophobic (Jackson Searle) in third to take out the $50,000 event.

For full Quirindi results, readers can click here.