Stirling Osland lands Inverell treble

Mikayla Weir guided the Stirling Osland-trained Kingstar Bullet to victory in the 1800m Benchmark 58 Handicap at Inverell on Saturday, ensuring a stable treble. Photo: Ellen Dunger – Inverell Times/Armidale Express.

The recent wet weather and a last-minute change of venue didn’t stop Armidale trainer Stirling Osland from dominating at Inverell on Saturday.

The stable sent six horses around, landing three winners to continue what has been a very good start to 2022.

Osland said he was always confident of a strong showing, although he admitted there was one or two surprise results. 

“We were pretty confident going there,” Osland told NSW Country and Picnic Racing. 

“The second filly (Razzle Dazzle) wasn’t what we expected but the other two (Buffet Buster and Kingstar Bullet) were always going to be hard to beat.

“We got three (winners) out of six runners, which is not too shabby and a good day out for the group.”

Osland kicked off the meeting, winning the 1400m Class One Handicap with Buffett Buster ($3.10), and jockey Brooke Stower did it easy in the saddle, leading all the way.

“Buffet Buster was only in a five-horse race with no pressure to lead and it was as close to a ‘gimme’ that you see these days,” Osland said.

The stable made it a race-to-race double in the second, with Razzle Dazzle ($21) surprising punters when winning the 1100m Maiden Plate. 

Ben Looker was in the saddle, and he sat last on the three-year-old filly in the early stages before making a move on the home turn before flashing up on the rails to win well for connections. 

“Razzle Dazzle was a bit of a surprise because she obviously looks like a 1400m to a mile horse,” Osland said. 

“I thought it would take a run or two to get her right for a win, but she got back and was strong late and got a great run straight up the fence.”

Osland had to wait until the 1800m Benchmark 58 Handicap before landing his training treble, with Kingstar Bullet ($5.50) proving too strong.

Mikayla Weir was able to get a soft run in behind the pace on the four-year-old and she hugged the rails in the home straight, winning well in the nine-furlong event.

“Barrier one helped her,” Osland said. 

“Last start, she was a bit plain, but I thought she would go pretty close from the good draw and she did.”

It was a good effort by Osland and his team, who had originally prepared to race on their home track in Armidale on Tuesday, before the meeting was rescheduled for Saturday before eventually being moved to Inverell.

“I prepped them up to run at home and had them ready to run on Tuesday but it got called off and put back to Saturday and we had them ready again then the meeting got moved to here (Inverell),” Osland said. 

“We had to deal with it, but the Inverell track is a good track.

“It has a nearly 400m straight and if anything, it could be a bit fairer than at Armidale and if we didn’t race here, I don’t think Razzle Dazzle wins.”

A big day of results at Inverell will mean a lot to Osland and connections, with Kingstar Farm’s Bull Point siring both Razzle Dazzle and Kingstar Bullet.

Additionally, Osland raced Smiley Face, the dam of Razzle Dazzle

“These Bull Point’s are going good and it’s good to get a couple of winners for them and Razzle Dazzle is a nice one for us to get up,” Osland said. 

“We trained her mum and she won three for us and it is the first time we have had a horse run through and get a couple of wins and then have her daughter and get a win.”

Osland has been the toast of North West racing in 2022, with the stable preparing 36 runners for 10 winners, including a good Highway Handicap win at Rosehill Gardens with Golden Point late last month, while he also landed Inverell and Armidale doubles in January. 

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