Double Wraps Up Bunbury Season

Go For 2 & 5 sponsored the final race day of the 2008/9 season at Bunbury on Thursday. The stable had five runners, with Jomatesi and Real Honour vying for the Horse of the Year Championship.

In the first race of the day, the Crunch and Sip Maiden over 1200 metres, Viking Lad was trying to build on his very unlucky run last time out. In the early stages of the race jockey Jason Whiting had Viking Lad settled worse than mid-field as Costaquid and Zedrion set the early pace. Jason asked the horse to make up ground on the outside of the field nearing the home turn and then, on straightening, asked him to quicken. Viking Lad responded well and went on to win by an impressive 2 lengths, with the minimum of effort.

There was drama after the race, when the horse spooked at some spectators and dumped Jason. Fortunately no harm was done to horse or rider, but it’s the first time a flying Fish has been seen at Bunbury for a while!

We were delighted with Viking Lad’s win, as the horse has had a series of niggling problems, and his owners have had to be very patient. It was also particularly pleasing for two of the owners, Frank Scullino (seen above) and Jenny Stewart, as this is their first experience of owning a racehorse, and they will never forget the thrill of their very first win.

In the fifth race of the day, the Healthy Food Fast Handicap over 1400 metres, we had two runners – Two Strong Hearts and Not So Secret. The former had no luck in running, but Not So Secret put in a much improved effort to finish a close-up 2nd after being posted wide for much of the race. This was a terrific performance by the 7 year old gelding, as he had been out of form for a long time before joining the stable.

In the feature race of the day, the Go For 2&5 Handicap over 1400 metres, Real Honour (right) had to win the race to have a chance of securing the Horse of the Year title.

As usual Shaun O’Donnell settled the Verglas mare at the rear of the field as I’m A Goodyset a scorching pace up front. Real Honour wasn’t asked for an effort until the 200 metre mark, but she attacked the line in her usual determined fashion to win by a nose from Revy Jay.

Real Honour has been a revelation this prep, and thoroughly deserves her title as Bunbury Horse of the Year. It goes without saying that this was a great training performance by Peter to keep the mare going so long, and credit is also due to Shaun for understanding her funny little ways!

In race 7 Jomatesi was well fancied to win the 2 Fruit & 5 Veg Handicap over 1200 metres, despite equal top weight. William Pike gave the gelding a terrific ride, but they were just overhauled in the last stride by Casanova Jack to lose by a nose. Jomatesi is another horse who has improved dramatically this prep, and his loyal owners have had a ball.

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