SATURDAY: September 28, 2019: WHAT a week it’s been for Hawkesbury trainer Daniel Robinson!
Considering he doesn’t have a big stable, landing two winners in the space of five days – and both at good odds – serves to illustrate his talent as a horseman.
Robinson followed up his success at Orange last Monday with first starter Karmazone ($10) by winning with $20 chance Dexluther at Goulburn yesterday.
Dexluther, purchased online by Robinson and his wife Alexandra, provided the trainer with his first winner, at Bathurst on December 22 last year, over 2000m.
With Winona Costin (who was injured in a track mishap this morning and will be sidelined for a few weeks) aboard yesterday, Dexluther beat Plucky George ($4.60) and So It Is ($15) in a Benchmark 58 Handicap (2340m).
Whilst the Written Tycoon gelding had not been successful in eight subsequent starts after his Bathurst triumph late last year, he did manage a placing over 2008m at that track in August behind another Hawkesbury representative Dragon’s Shadow in August.
Dexluther disappointed at his previous start when a well supported $3.30 favorite and only sixth to Old Man’s Angel in a Benchmark 58 Handicap (1800m) at Gundagai on September 8.
Though some of the five-year-old’s riders felt he wouldn’t manage beyond 2000m, Robinson had other ideas.
“I had a gut instinct he would get further; he reminds me of a typical old-fashioned English stayer,” the expatriate Englishman said.
“He is big and lean.
“Dexluther is a quirky horse, so I changed a few things around with him.
“I took him to the races yesterday a bit fresher, and put winkers on him.
“I’m not sure if there was one contributing factor, but most likely the addition of winkers and stepping up in distance certainly helped.”
Robinson took out his NSW training licence at the beginning of the previous season and prepares a small team as a sideline to he and his wife’s main business; breaking in and pre-training under their DPR banner at Orchard Hills.
. Robinson reports Orange debut winner Karmazone has come through his race really well.
“I gave him three days in the paddock, and took him back to the track at Hawkesbury this morning,” he said.
“At this stage, he will most likely go to Canberra for a Class 1 Handicap (1400m) on October 11.”