LEADING Tasmanian thoroughbred jockey and trainer Siggy Carr, plus her partner and successful jockey Troy Baker, found another way to find the winners circle in Hobart while the gallops track is closed for reconstruction when Ifbutzandmaybes won the opening race on Friday night’s harness racing program.
Carr and Baker, along with Jessie Bazan who is an employee of the state’s leading thoroughbred trainer Scott Brunton, and trainer Zane Medhurst took over the ownership of the five-year-old gelding in late March and 11 starts later they were able to get their maiden victory.
Medhurst, who was officiating at the race meeting in his role as clerk of the course, was happy that the pacer was able to break his maiden status.
“He had been knocking on the door and promising things but he is one of those horses you don’t know if he is going to do it right or going to do it wrong but luck went his way tonight,” said Medhurst after the win.
Driver Mark Yole positioned the $5.50 chance one-out and three-back and they were able to enjoy a solid tempo during the middle stages before working into the race three-wide from the 700m mark.
Ifbutzandmaybes proved too tough for his rivals in the home straight to score by 5.2m over Andysbest and Iden Duchess in a mile rate of 2:1.1.
Medhurst looked at a number of horses before recommending the gelded son of Lombo Pocket Watch to the owners, but was happy to back his judgment, knowing the gelding had done a lot wrong in his races prior to being sold.
“He had run a few placings and had done a lot wrong and I said to them that he wouldn’t be a dear horse to buy and if we could get him to put it together that he was a chance of winning a couple of races,” said the winning trainer.
“We looked at a couple in Victoria at a similar price and form-wise they weren’t much better than him.
“He use to crossfire really badly and we had a bit of trouble fixing that.
“But the main thing has been getting his confidence back.”
Medhurst was very modest with the future plans although it seems Ifbutzandmaybes should be well-suited with the new National Rating system.
“We will give him a spell for a couple of weeks and hopefully look at winning another one,” he said.
The win of Ifbutzandmaybes kicked off a big weekend for Carr, who rode at Flemington on Saturday before returning to Devonport on Sunday to land a winning treble.
The win was the first leg of a driving double for Mark Yole, who led all the way to win the second race of the night with The Lemondrop Kid, which began another big night for trainer Ben Yole.
Yole prepared Heza Rummage to win Race 3 and Popnduke to another victory in Race 4, both of those winners were driven by Troy McDonald.
The Heath Szczypka-trained Reign Of Pain brought an end to Yole’s winning run in Race 5.
Reign Of Pain enjoyed a lovely run in the standing start event and was able to claim a narrow victory over Somedan.
The win was the 50th victory on Tasmanian soil this season for driver Todd Rattray.
Rohan Hillier was another driver to register his 50th win in the state when Im Barney Rubble continued his good form in the claiming race of the night, defeating the race favourite Remember Joe.
By DUNCAN DORNAUF