A EUROPEAN millionaire landed a knockout blow on Australia’s trotting champion in Saturday night’s Yabby Dam Farms Great Southern Star Final.
Callmethebreeze’s scintillating all-the-way heat victory was backed up by a come-from-behind success over defending champion Just Believe in the $300,000 Group 1 decider just over three hours later.
The result followed a surprise decision from driver Nathan Jack to select 10 in the barrier draw, which proved a masterstroke as the six-year-old equine millionaire out-dashed Just Believe from back in the field to score.
“At the top of the straight… (Just Believe’s driver) Greg (Sugars) was asking for his and not getting away on me, and Greg is quite a cool driver so for that I knew that I was a live chance,” said Jack.
With three barriers left to choose in the final, Jack made the bold decision to take gate 10 ahead of front line positions six and seven, which were picked up by Majestuoso and Just Believe respectively.
“There was a lot of speed and it’s so hard to burn early when you’ve got champions in against you,” he said.
“Blue Coman was out in front of us – he’d drawn nine – I thought he’d go to the fence, so we were going to be in the running line doing no work and that was the decider.”
Jack said the Great Southern Star result provided one of his greatest thrills in the sport.
“Especially with this team, this team have been loyal supporters of mine,” he said.
“(Trainer) Anton (Golino) and (owner-breeder) Pat (Driscoll), all credit’s got to go to them.
“They find them, have got to train them and I just rock-up race day really.”
Callmethebreeze was sold by former owner/trainer Philippe Allaire to Yabby Dam Farms with more than $1.5million in the bank and put the writing on the wall for a bright future on our shores with a gusty second to Just Believe first-up at Ballarat two weeks ago.
Driscoll, the principal of Yabby Dam Farms, said it was an “unbelievable” result.
“You go and spend a little bit of money on a horse from Europe and you hope that he comes across and does okay,” he said.
“Anton and the team have done a great job, (and) Nathan has driven him a treat.”
Just Believe, who won the night’s second qualifier, was beaten a neck after sitting outside leader Hesallmuscle, who boxed on well for fourth behind third-placed Keayang Chucky.
The overall mile rate of 1:53.1 equalled the 1720m track record held by dual Great Southern Star winner Tornado Valley.
- HRV Media