PROMINENT industry identity Kevin Seymour shared the glory following Colt Thirty One’s triumph in last night’s Swan Hill Cup.
As the result of an interview with Gareth Hall earlier in the week, Seymour agreed to ‘shout the bar’ if the Australian Pacing Gold eligible stallion was triumphant in the Group Three.
True to his word, Seymour phoned the club and organised a ‘Happy Hour’ after Colt Thirty One secured the provincial feature.
“I’m not sure how much prizemoney is left,” Seymour joked. “They tell me Swan Hill has a population of 5000 but when word got out there could be free drinks it rose to 7000 for the night!
“It is certainly a promoter’s dream and hopefully helped get a few extra people to the track.
“He certainly had a lot of people cheering him home and celebrating his win.
“I’ll have a better idea of just how many that was when I get the bill!”
Trained and driven by Grant Dixon, the son of Mach Three was eased to the tail of the five-horse field as Tam Major led and the runners settled in ‘Indian file’.
With San Carlo angled away from the pegs to test the pacemaker from the ‘death seat’ with two laps to travel, Colt Thirty One remained at the rear of the pack in the one-wide line.
Taken three-deep at the top of the home straight, Colt Thirty One grabbed the front on the last stride to score by a head from San Carlo, with Tam Major three-and-a-half metres away third.
Rating 1:57.5 over 2790 metres, the five-year-old’s time was only two-tenths of a second outside of Menin Gate’s track record.
“He went fantastic,” Seymour said. “Grant has taken him down to Victoria to get some longer distance racing into him before we go to the New Zealand for the Inter Dominion and he is doing very well.
“Providing he continues to race competitively over the next few weeks he will go to New Zealand for the Inter Dominion.”
On a sadder note, Colt Thirty One’s dam – Charm Personified – died yesterday, just two days after delivering a foal.