October 29, 2023 Michael Court
HE was one of the best-backed runners of the day.
And even though he didn’t bring his best manners to the track, two-year-old Nathan Street still carried too many guns for his rivals.
The Freddy Taiba-trained Victorian colt gave former superstar pacer Lazarus, now a successful sire, his first Group 1 success in today’s $150,000 Breeders Challenge for two-year-old colts and geldings.
Despite giving reinsman Jack Trainor a fairly rough ride, Nathan Street still found enough to wear down War Dan Buddy (Mark Pitt) in the straight, with Royal Cruiser (Bernie Hewitt) battling on well for third.
Racing in the familiar colours made famous by former star performer Sushi Sushi, today was Nathan Street’s day as he rated 1:50.5 to score by 3.8m.
“We had a bit of luck go our way, which really helped,” said Trainor on returning to the enclosure.
“There was a bit going on with gallopers and things but to be fair, my guy wasn’t pacing all that well either.
“Royal Cruiser got in front of me and I was left in a pretty tricky spot.
“My bloke was scrambling. Although he had the perfect trip, he was probably as big a handful as he’s ever been today.
“But credit to Freddy, the horse knew did what he had to do [to win].
“I think he will now go for a well-deserved break and when he comes back we’ll have a pretty serious three-year-old.
“He’d come here after a couple of starts which included a Melton win.
“And I have to say, it’s been great having Freddy here. He’s a great person and we’ve had some great times.
“Hopefully this horse winning has paid us back.”