Nick Heywood hopes Another One can ‘go one better’ after Southern Districts qualifier win

Nick Heywood guided the Gary Colvin-trained Another One to a second consecutive SDRA Country Championship qualifier victory at Wagga on Saturday. Photo: Bradley Photos.

Nick Heywood was in sublime form aboard Another One at Wagga on Saturday when guiding the Gary Colvin-trained galloper to victory in the $150,000 Southern Districts Racing Association (SDRA) Country Championships qualifier. 

It’s the second year in a row that the pair have won the SDRA heat, and Heywood said it was a ‘dream’ to be involved in Another One’s journey as connections now ready themselves for a second crack at the $500,000 Country Championships final at Royal Randwick on April 2.

“It means a lot to be honest,” Heywood said.

“This is what we get out of bed for. We want to be on good horses and to go on a dream run like this. 

“These good horses make you look good, and they make everyone look good and I’m just happy to be involved.”

Heywood had the four-year-old sitting third in the early stages of the 1400m race, trailing leader Gusonic and the second placed Snowbella. 

Another One took the lead at the top of the long Wagga straight, and the Super One gelding put lengths on the field before cruising to the line to win by half a length from the fast-finishing Tan ‘N’ Run for trainer Ron Stubbs, while in third was the Donna Scott-trained Gusonic. 

“I was surprised I was that close yesterday, and when I was travelling that well, I knew it was going to take a good horse to beat him,” Heywood said.

“The horse that finished second ran a good race, and it was making up some good ground, and in the final, I would be disappointed if both horses can’t run in the money.”

The 26-year-old jockey said class prevailed though, with Another One well-placed in the country-only series. 

“His work since he’s come back from last prep has been good,” Heywood said. 

“My partner Hannah Williams rides his work, and she has been really happy with him, and he was dropping back from city grade to a Class Five for this race. 

“He was trained up for it and he won really well.”

Another One finished second in the 2021 Country Championships final, beaten a half-length by the Terry Robinson Art Cadeau, and following a 17-week spell, he raced four times, finishing third in the Ian Reid Sprint, while running a good second in town over 1550m. 

After an 11-week let-up, Colvin had his star galloper primed for the Country Champs, and Heywood touched on what he believed was a very good training effort.

“Gary has done an amazing job in that aspect,” Heywood said.

“It’s very hard to do, and to go back-to-back; he had to have a good think about how he was going to do it and it paid off.

“Some people were writing off his form a bit, but all his runs in town were super without getting beat too far.”

Now, with six weeks to go until the prized final at Royal Randwick on April 2, Heywood said all focus would be on going one better in 2022.

“Hopefully we can go one better than last year,” Heywood said. 

“That’s the dream, but anything now is a bonus because he has done everything asked of him. 

“He has just improved each time he has gone around and he’s got better and better.”

In what was another dream result at Wagga, Tap ‘N’ Run’s fast-finishing display caught the eye of many racing fans, with jockey Jack Martin giving the Albury runner every chance late in the race for trainer Ron Stubbs.

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