After STELLULAR had made a promising debut in the second maiden race of the day, to finish 3rd despite being galloped on, our next runner was OTTUMWA.

This 7 year old gelding had probably been the stable’s most frustrating horse, as he had not won for three years since coming from over East, but had shown ability with a number of places in town.

OTTUMWA, not surprisingly, was not fancied in the betting for the ATA Handicap over  1690 metres. Jockey Peter Hall settled the horse at the rear of the field and then gently urged him forward to join the leaders in the home straight. OTTUMWA travelled into the race very easily but, once he was asked to beat Dr Ava, it took all of Peter Hall’s experience to succeed by the narrowest margin of a nose.

It was super for the owners that their patience had been rewarded after all this time, and let’s hope OTTUMWA has now got the winning habit!

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