Racing is a funny game sometimes and as Goulburn trainer Mark Gee explained to NSW Country and Picnic Racing, ‘when you’re struggling for a winner, they are hard to find, but when you’re going okay, when it rains it pours’.
Gee was certainly struggling for a winner late last year before putting an end to a long drought when winning the Cooma Cup with Goodradigbee.
Since then, winners have come thick and fast for Gee and his team, and despite only training a handful, the stable has landed six winners from their last 23 starters.
“It’s been going good. I’m only working four or five at the moment and the rest are pretraining or breaking,” Gee said.
“You just need a few going well and I’m lucky enough at the moment to have a few handy ones.”
Gee’s most recent winner arrived at Wagga on Thursday, with Platara making it three wins on the trot in the 1000m Benchmark 58 Handicap.
“He’s won three straight now. He kicked off with a good maiden win, then he won a class one and then the 58 yesterday.”
The Fast ‘N’ Famous gelding did it well over the five furlongs too, finishing strongly for jockey Billy Owen to win by almost a length from the Danielle Seib-trained More To See.
“I think he will make a really nice horse and he might even stretch out a bit further,” Gee said.
“For now, we will poke along with him, and I said to the owner, ‘while he is winning at those distances, we won’t change much’.
“We might even give him a break. I’ll give him a few days and work it out, but I’ll let him tell me when he is ready, and we won’t hesitate to spell him.”
Gee had a good day out at Wagga and almost landed a double with Wilful Spirit – ridden by Jeff Penza – leading until the final 50m when finishing second to the Kerry Weir-trained Pretty Extreme in the 1000m Maiden Plate.
Gee and his team will hope to continue their good run of form at the Sapphire Coast on Saturday with Bob’s Angel and jockey Jordan Mallyon taking on the 1405m Benchmark 50 Handicap.
“I think she’s a huge chance,” Gee said.
“She has been going really well and racing with no luck.
“I think she will find it a bit easier tomorrow, and with a good barrier and a bit of rain forecast, it should suit her.”
It is a big day for the Sapphire Coast Turf Club on Saturday, with their Pambula Cup meeting expected to attract a good crowd.