SUNDAY: August 18, 2019: JAMIE Thomsen could see the irony in clinching the biggest win of his training career so far at today’s Taree Gold Cup Showcase meeting.
Hawkesbury-based Thomsen won the Manning Lightning (1000m) with the underrated Red Notice (Jay Ford), who started at $12 and clinched a hat-trick, having won earlier at Scone and also Taree.
“I collected a trophy, so I guess it has to be my most important win,” a delighted Thomsen said this evening on his way home.
Thomsen and his father, legendary former Randwick trainer Bob Thomsen, selected and purchased Red Notice as an untried two-year-old for $20,000 and thought they would get a quick return for him.
“As we did with stablemate Shadow Flight (who has won six races), we bought Red Notice (both horses are by Duporth) from Grahame Mapp’s Hobartville Stud,” Thomsen explained.
“Dad has had a long association with Grahame (training Slight Chance, the champion filly of her three-year-old season in 1992-93) and his Hawkesbury trainer Garry White.
“Hobartville Stud knows how to breed good horses, and Red Notice is out of a Danewin mare (Mediator).”
Thomsen Snr had great success with the five times Group 1 winner Danewin in the 1990s.
“When we bought Red Notice, he had won a 2YO trial at Hawkesbury in July, 2016 and we thought we would get him going and be able to win a race in town with him as a three-year-old,” Jamie Thomsen said.
“That wasn’t the case and ironically now as a late five-year-old and early six-year-old, he is producing his best form.”
Red Notice took six starts before breaking through in a Scone Maiden (1400m) in late December, 2017 before being beaten at his next two starts.
The reason for those defeats became obvious when Red Notice became ill, and vets operated and found an abscess in the gelding’s spleen. Unable to remove it, the gelding was treated with anti-biotics and eventually was able to be put back into work in late 2018.
Thomsen was confident Red Notice would run well at Taree today even though he was rising sharply in grade.
“I usually take my horses through their classes, but felt the Lightning (Benchmark 81) was a suitable assignment, especially as Red Notice was dropping 7kg from the 61kg he carried to win a Benchmark 58 over the same distance (1000m) at Taree on July 29,” he said.
HOOFNOTE: Thomsen Snr is the managing part-owner of the syndicate which races Red Notice and, understandably, is a great help to his son and follows his career closely.
Unfortunately, he missed being on course for the gelding’s hat-trick moment, having arrived back in Sydney only earlier in the day from a golfing trip to the USA.
However, he watched the race on Sky, and was naturally delighted with the outcome.