‘We are not going there to make up the numbers’

Southern District Racing Association qualifier, Another One, has drawn gate 12 in the $500,000 Country Championships final at Royal Randwick on Saturday. Photo: Colvin Racing.

Wagga trainer, Gary Colvin, arrived in Sydney this morning ahead of Saturday’s Country Championship final and he is adamant his star gelding, Another One, is in with a big chance to take out the $500,000 event at Royal Randwick. 

“Put it this way, we are not going there to make up the numbers,” Colvin said. 

“I am quietly confident that we will acquit ourselves really well. I can’t fault his work, we have travelled down well, settled down nicely and we are happy with the way we’ve got him.”

Another One, who has owners spread all across the Riverina, will be the pride of the Southern District Racing Association (SDRA) come Saturday, along with the Donna Scott galloper, Bautista.

The 2021 Country Championships barrier draw.

“They don’t rate horses much in our area, I want to represent the SDRA, and so does Donna Scott,” Colvin said. 

“We are here to make sure our horses get recognised. Donna finished second in this race (with Bennelong Dancer in 2019), that mare (O’ So Hazy) of Scott Spackman’s finished third (in 2018). We want to put the area of the map.”

Wagga hoop, Nick Heywood, will stay aboard the talented three-year-old, who is cherry ripe according to Colvin. 

“He had his fast work yesterday morning, his last gallop was pretty pleasing, now he will poke around for a couple of days and only do easy work,” Colvin said. 

“Nick is on him, he knows the horse and If he has not gone to the races, he has done all the fast work.” 

Colvin and Another One will spend the new few days at Warwick Farm, giving the Super One gelding every chance to settle into his new surroundings prior to the rich final. 

“We are at Greg Hickman’s at Warwick Farm – he has settled in very nicely,” Colvin said.

The winner of four races from seven starts, who won the SDRA qualifier at Wagga in emphatic style back on February 20, drew gate 12 in the field of 16, but Colvin still found the bright side in the situation. 

“At least we are not on the outside,” Colvin laughed.

“It is probably good being out a bit, instead of on the fence. He doesn’t get away all that that good, and if you get on the fence, you can get caught behind them.”

Colvin said he would leave it to Heywood to determine where Another One would race on Saturday, but he did dream of a golden run just in behind the speed. 

“If we can get two off the fence it would be bloody beautiful,” Colvin said. 

“We know where we up too now, so now we can see where we go from here.”