Paul Facoory hopes Surprise Factor can keep surprising at Queanbeyan

Surprise Factor winning at Queanbeyan. Photo: Lance Fearn.

Queanbeyan trainer, Paul Facoory, unearthed a nice mare in the form of Surprise Factor on his home track last month, with the four-year-old winning the 1000m Maiden Plate comfortably.

With Shaun Guymer doing the steering, Surprise Factor surprised her opposition, sitting three wide in the race before storming home to beat Gambacorta and Tiff’s Finale, winning by 1.5 lengths at the finish.

“I thought it was an outstanding win,” Facoory said.

“She did it easy. She was three wide, but she was too strong in the end.”

Facoory has Surprise Factor racing at Queanbeyan again on Tuesday, with Mathew Cahill jumping in the saddle and connections have drawn gate 13 in the 1000m Class One Handicap.

“She has improved from that run and even from the barrier tomorrow, I expect her to run a good race,” Facoory said.

“I think she is above average.”

While Facoory didn’t disclose Surprise Factor’s purchase price, the South East trainer and connections were quite happy with the mare after purchasing her as a four start maiden out of Victoria.

“I usually scroll through all the Bloodstock and Inglis sales and I might go through 100 horses, and one jumps out at me,” Facoory said.

“I then do the form, watch all the videos and go from there and you get a gut feeling sometimes, and that’s what happened with her.”

With the Queanbeyan racing season starting to heat up, Facoory was looking forward to seeing what else his newest addition could produce this preparation.

“We have just got to keep her going. When you buy a second-hand horse, you are sometimes waiting for something to happen,” Facoory said. 

“Right now, she is going good and the best thing we can do with the horse is keep her healthy, happy and fit and hope she just keeps excelling.”

Facoory also has Tiz War Bro racing at home tomorrow, with the five-year-old contesting the 2000m Benchmark 58 Handicap.

Jake Pracey-Holmes takes the ride, and after a last-start second in a 2000m Class One Handicap at Queanbeyan, Facoory thought this race suited him, although he admitted it was a step up in class.

“The other bloke will be thereabouts. He might find it a bit harder than last start, but he is going good, and he is honest,” Facoory said.

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Also, patrons and owners are welcome back to the track, although there are strict protocols in place and readers are encouraged to visit the Queanbeyan Racing Club website for more information.