A good old fashion plunge hit the bookies hard at Gundagai Adelong Racing Club’s Adelong Cup meeting on Saturday.
Punters waited until the final race of the day – the 1180m Class One Handicap – loading up on eventual winner Queen Street Boss.
Those in the know, or punters astute enough to find the winner in the field of 10, backed the Scott Spackman-trained galloper in from $8 to as short as $3.80 with some bookmakers.
Ridden by Tara-Jane Duffy, the four-year-old sat second early and found the front on the turn, holding on gamely to win by a mere 0.02 of a length from the David Blundell-trained Power Of Mandala.
Punters were under some anguish though, with the gallopers hitting the line locked together, as Kayla Nisbet drove the Gundagai-trained Power Of Mandala to the line on the outside, in turn blocking any vision of the inside horse, Queen Street Boss.
The judges took their time with the film, and eventually announced the Spackman runner as the winner.
Spackman said his stable travelled to Gundagai confident that their Street Boss mare would get the job done.
“We did, especially after her run at Tumut,” Spackman said.
“From all reports, a lot of things went wrong there; she was four deep the trip with no luck. I’m not blaming anyone for that; it’s just the way Tumut races sometimes.
“We knew she would go better at Gundagai, especially from the good draw (gate 2).”
A change in tactics proved all the difference at Gundagai, with Queen Street Boss ridden on the pace.
“We were always going to try and ride her a lot closer than what she has been racing,” Spackman said.
“She always seems to get back and then has no luck but we took the blinkers off with the idea of going forward and she proved at Tumut she could.”
Spackman was never worried his mare would give up the fight at Gundagai, with Power Of Mandala testing the Wagga runner, but the winning trainer admitted it came down to the bob of the head after Queen Street Boss’ saddle slipped in the final stages.
“She always fights in her work, and that wasn’t the concern,” Spackman said.
“It was just a concern if she got her head down or not, but then after the event with the saddle slipping like it did, it proved she had done a hell of a job to win, and she probably should have won by a length.”
The Wagga trainer, who hails from Harden, is a long-time supporter of country racing, and reiterated the importance of the Adelong Cup meeting, and other non-TAB programs scheduled to be run and won in the Southern Districts.
“It can be a real difference for a mare like her (Queen Street Boss), especially when we have a few little meetings coming up, like Tumut again and Tumbarumba and Towong,” Spackman said.
“All of them little tracks, we will target them with her, and stick with the young girl (Duffy) and go from there.
“As I’ve stated before, I love going to those little meetings and supporting those little clubs, because if we don’t go there, we don’t have country racing.
“Plus, some of us need to take these sorts of horses there.”
It could be a big year for Spackman, with his Wagga stable boasting a plethora of youngsters either getting ready to kick off their careers on the track, or just starting out at the races.
“We have some really nice ones coming through,” Spackman said.
“The horse (Semper Invictus) we took to Caulfield the other day; he had no luck and got galloped on and he has gone for a quick little break and he will be back in about four or five weeks,” Spackman said.
“We have some nice ones coming through and we have trialled four so far and I have another three to pick up tomorrow (Sunday) to start with again.”
Spackman will take Like A Tiger Cod to Wagga on Thursday, with the three-year-old set for the 1600m Maiden Handicap, while last-start Wagga winner Elvesio has been nominated to contest the 1200m TAB Highway Handicap at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.