SUNDAY: July 14, 2019: ANY success Jamie Thomsen has with Red Notice – such as his Scone victory last Friday – is indeed a huge bonus.
Hawkesbury trainer Thomsen and vets at Agnes Banks Equine Clinic have done a superb job to get the gelding back to the track, let alone winning races.
Red Notice, a rising six-year-old son of Duporth, cheated death 18 months ago.
After notching his first success in a Scone Maiden (1400m) on December 30, 2017, Red Notice was unplaced at his next two runs at Nowra and Kembla Grange on January 15 and 31.
He didn’t race again until December 9 last year when Thomsen produced a superb training performance to score with him at Nowra in a Class 1 Handicap (1000m).
And there was a very good reason for his lengthy absence from the track.
“Red Notice was a very sick horse and was close to being put down,” Thomsen explained today. “The vets found an abscess in his spleen.
“When first scanned, they thought it was near his spleen, but it was actually in his spleen when they opened him on the operating table.
“They couldn’t go any further and closed him up, and started treating him with anti-biotics.
“With every subsequent scan, the abscess got smaller and eventually cleared and we were able to put him back into work.”
Red Notice is raced by a syndicate headed by Thomsen’s father Bob, the former outstanding Randwick trainer who retired in 2012 with 25 Group 1 victories to his credit.
The gelding races in the colours of Grey Receiver, with whom Thomsen won the 1982 Stradbroke Handicap at Eagle Farm and also 1981 and 1982 The Galaxy at Randwick.
With Robbie Brewer aboard, Red Notice ($6) beat roughies Grass Cutter ($41) and Kate’s Pearl ($31) in last Friday’s Benchmark 58 Handicap (1100m) at Scone.
It was his third success from only 15 starts – and fellow jockey Grant Buckley, who didn’t ride in the race, played a major part in the gelding’s return to the winning list.
“Robbie comes out and rides Red Notice in his trackwork, and is on him in races whenever the weight suits,” Thomsen said.
“Grant rode Red Notice at his first two runs this campaign. He was unlucky not to have won first-up at Scone when second over 900m at Scone and then finished seventh over 1000m at Gosford.
“They went pretty quick at Gosford, and we pushed Red Notice along to try to stay in touch, and it didn’t suit him.
“Grant suggested to take the blinkers off and ride him quieter, and that’s what we did at Scone.”
Red Notice is partial to the big track at Scone, having raced four times there for two wins, a second and a fourth.
Thomsen has now won five races this season, and paid tribute to his staff.
“I’ve got 14 horses in work at Hawkesbury, and my staff do a terrific job,” he said.
“We are a very tightknit crew.”