SUNDAY: December 1, 2019: WHAT better way to share your first victory than winning a trophy race?
Popular Hawkesbury couple Jason Attard and Lucy Keegan-Attard did exactly that at Newcastle today, landing the Robert Thompson Cup (1200m) with six-year-old mare Cinderconi ($8.50).
And it was almost a quinella result with their other representative, Munich ($10), finishing an excellent third at his first start for his new stable.
The husband and wife duo began their new training partnership at the beginning of the current season in August and had endured a frustrating run of eight minor placings, the latest being Ellebeedee at Muswellbrook last Friday.
“The wait has been worthwhile to win such a good race named after Australia’s winningest jockey Robert Thompson,” Jason Attard said as the couple headed home to their Grose Vale property.
“We’ll celebrate with a drink out of the Cup when we get home.”
The Attards collected both the owner and trainers’ trophies and they will be on display at their Owners’ Day on December 15.
But they will be quite content to hand over the Cup to Walcha owner Kate Nivison (Etak Thoroughbreds) – who wasn’t able to be trackside today – at that get together.
“Kate owns Cinderconi and I race the mare on lease with her,” Lucy Attard explained.
“She was raced on lease before and her previous owners decided to end their association after she bled in a race at Goulburn in April when she ran third.
“Kate was happy to keep Cinderconi with us, and we really appreciate her support. She now has four horses with us.”
Expatriate South African jockey Keagan Latham turned in a dashing display to win the Robert Thompson Cup on Cinderconi, who had been placed at Nowra and Muswellbrook at her previous starts.
He gave the mare a perfect run on the fence, then began to ease a few horses away from the inside on straightening.
When held up for a clear run, Latham spotted a gap near the inside, quickly switched back – and the mare sprinted through to win convincingly.
Her success completed a double in feature races for Latham, who also won the Gary Harley Cup on $21 chance Knight Star.
Whilst the Attards are hopeful Cinderconi – who has won three races and been placed six times from only 15 starts – will measure up to midweek company in the city, they are also excited about third placegetter Munich’s future.
The lightly-raced Snitzel four-year-old, twice a Sydney placegetter and a Doomben winner in February this year, was having only his eighth start.
“We tried something different with him today by riding him off the pace,” Jason Attard said.
“He is a nice horse and will take a lot of improvement from this run.”