THURSDAY: April 11, 2019: JASON Attard described him as “a bit of a blockhead” but special all the same.
He was speaking after his three-year-old Reiby’s Regent had won the Provincial & Country Maiden Handicap (1350m) at Wyong today – and this time there was quite a difference.
Whereas Hawkesbury trainer Attard’s previous three winners were at $101, $26 and $41, Reiby’s Regent (Tommy Berry) was no longshot.
He was solidly backed to start $1.90 favorite and, despite going bush on the home turn when making his run, was too good for his rivals.
Reiby’s Regent, having his fifth start, relegated Well Decorated ($6.50) into another second placing – his fourth in a row – and $101 chance Braidwood Gold.
Reiby’s Regent is raced by Hawkesbury Race Club vice-chairman Syd Kelly and his wife Carolyn, and Attard has high hopes for the colt.
Understandably, he was rapt with his young horse’s breakthrough and believes he can go on to better things.
“This colt is still a bit green, a bit of a blockhead,” he said.
“But he’s a special horse to me.
“I broke him in and his mother (Reiby Regina) gave me my first city winner, and Tommy Berry rode her as well.
“I’ve liked him since he was born. He has always had a presence about him.
“I would have been disappointed if he had not put them away today.”
Reiby Regina was an $11 chance when she won a Benchmark 70 Handicap (1550m) against her own sex at Canterbury on December 12, 2012.
Reiby’s Regent (by Uncle Mo) is the first foal of the now 10-year-old Commands mare, who has since foaled a Denman colt.
It seems Berry has a special affinity with mother and son.
He had not ridden Reiby Regina until her Canterbury win, and was also having his first ride on Reiby’s Regent today.
Whilst he shares Attard’s optimism about the colt’s future, he believes he will be a better horse next time in work.
. It was just as well for Attard that he scored with Reiby’s Regent at Wyong.
He and his wife Lucy were moving house to Grose Vale today – and it was left to her to manage the shift.
For good measure, Attard has runners at tomorrow’s Orange Cup meeting and at Goulburn on Saturday.
Perhaps that’s an indication that he can add to his already seven winners this season!