SUNDAY: June 10, 2018: HAWKESBURY trainer Garry White is enjoying his best season in six years in more ways than one.
White’s victory at home today with Military Academy was his 14th winner in 2017-18; his best season since preparing 15 winners in 2011-12.
And is he is now also the leading local trainer at Hawkesbury meetings in this current season.
Military Academy ($2.20 favorite) sprinted home clear of his rivals in the PolyTrack Benchmark 64 Handicap (1000m), taking his trainer to nine wins – one ahead of Scott Singleton and three ahead of Brad Widdup (6).
White’s other winners this season have been at Orange (3), Newcastle and Gosford.
When he trained 15 winners in 2011-12, 13 of them were at his home track.
Military Academy (Tye Angland) surged down the centre of the track to easily beat Neapolitan ($6.50) and Rio De Janeiro ($3.10), notching only the second win of his career.
“That performance today was reflective of the ability he has shown me in training, but hasn’t been producing it in races until now,” White said.
“Hopefully he can continue that style of racing and win better races.”
White revealed Military Academy’s owner, Hobartville Stud’s Grahame Mapp, had suggested to him to trial the Snitzel three-year-old leading up to the Hawkesbury race (he won a 797m trial at Warwick Farm last Monday).
“After he ran fourth at Wyong at his last start, Mr Mapp felt it might be worthwhile trialling the colt close to this race.
“It worked out well.”
Winning rider Tye Angland had to switch the whip to his right hand when Military Academy laid in under pressure in the straight, but the colt was nonetheless too swift for his rivals over the closing stages.
Angland moved to 14 Hawkesbury wins for the season, still trailing Brenton Avdulla (21) and Josh Parr (15).
Gear changes played an important role in getting home victories also for fellow Hawkesbury trainers Jason Clisby and Wade Slinkard at the meeting.
The treble lifted the number of Hawkesbury winners so far this calendar year to 87.
Clisby, who has only two horses in work, took winkers off Avago Boy ($5.50), who broke through at his eighth start (after three minor placings) in the Can Assist 3YO Maiden Plate (1000m).
Unfortunately, Clisby is overseas and missed his Denman three-year-old’s win. Fellow Hawkesbury trainer Rebecca Brewer deputised for him.
Avago Boy (Grant Buckley) fought valiantly to hold off another Hawkesbury runner, Garry Frazer’s first starter Angelo ($5.50) and $2.50 favorite Mandalong Nicko.
Slinkard put blinkers on Legistation (Chad Lever), who took over soon after the start of the Iron Jack Benchmark 72 Handicap (1300m) and wasn’t headed.
A $7.50 chance, Legistation beat $4.80 favorite Alvin Purple and Gravitate ($7.50).
It was the Aussie Rules six-year-old’s fourth success – and all have been achieved on his home track.
Godolphin’s head Australian trainer James Cummings scored with promising filly Pohutakawa ($6.50) in the Schweppes 2YO Maiden Plate (1300m), and leads the overall Hawkesbury premiership with 19 wins for the season, six ahead of Team Waterhouse, who landed the Weddings At Hawkesbury Class 1 Handicap (1800m) with Princess Mia (Adam Hyeronimus).
. Brad Widdup and his apprentice Qin Yong teamed at Canberra’s meeting on the ACTON (synthetic) track last Friday to clinch another victory with Underground.
The Medaglia D’Oro three-year-old followed up a Mudgee 2000m win on May 19 by easily landing the Benchmark 62 Handicap (1900m).
It was the third victory of Underground’s nine-start career, and Qin Yong’s eighth Australian winner since joining Widdup’s Hawkesbury stable last year.