TUESDAY: October 8, 2019: WHAT’S in a name?
Plenty, especially where Hawkesbury four-year-old Versifier is concerned.
The lightly-raced four-year-old is a son of Poet’s Voice – and that’s the origin of his clever name.
The Free Dictionary describes versifier as “a writer of light or inferior verse”.
But there was nothing inferior about the equine Versifier on the racetrack last Saturday at Mudgee, where he entered the winner’s stall for the first time.
Ridden by Ashley Morgan, he led home a Hawkesbury trifecta, defeating Craig Weeding’s Show Of Light and Jacqueline Greentree’s Sturgeon Moon.
Trainer Marty McInerney has taken his time with Versifier, whom he purchased privately.
“I bought him as a yearling at Dr Paul Cradock’s Neila Stud at Cowra,” he said.
“Versifier stood out in the paddock, but has been a slow maturer.
“He has his share of ability, but has been immature in the brain.
“Versifier winds himself right up, and is still learning what racing is all about.”
McInerney, an experienced horseman who has spent a lifetime involved with equestrian horses and has half a dozen racehorses in work, didn’t leave anything to chance with Versifier at Mudgee.
“I took him down on Friday afternoon rather than on the morning of the race,” he explained.
“The trip away and overnight stay I’m sure will help season him and hopefully now that he has broken through, can go on with it.”
McInerney did not race Versifier as a two-year-old and gave him only two starts as a three-year-old – at Muswellbrook in January and Hawkesbury in July.
After a freshen, the gelding ran third in a Randwick trial (742m) on August 27 and then won a three-horse Warwick Farm trial (740m) on September 5.
Versifier began a new campaign when ninth at $101 to the promising Mir in a Maiden Plate (1000m) on his home track 21 days later, and relished the drop back to country class at Mudgee.
Versifier carries the white and emerald green peppertree colours, representing McInerney’s Peppertree Equestrian and Contracting business at Arcadia.