2-Y-O a howling success
By Grahame Timbrell
Coffs Harbour trainer Trevor Hardy experienced a whole range of emotions and saw a horse he did not really want to buy win the Ten Network Two Year Old Plate (1200m) at Grafton yesterday.
While Native Wolf, ridden by Danny Beasley, was storming down the outside to win the race Hardy's other runner, Fair Game was standing unsaddled behind the barriers.
Stewards ordered that Fair Game (Zac Purton) be declared a late scratching after getting a leg caught in the barriers.
Hardy admitted he had been unable to separate the pair and had taken them in a quinella.
"At least I get my money back," he said.
Hardy said he had given Purton, his former apprentice, the choice of which two-year-old to ride.
"Zac could not make up his mind either and eventually his manager decided he should ride Fair Game," Hardy said.
Hardy bought Native Wolf at the Gold Coast Magic Million sales last year after he was passed in for $8000.
"I did not really want him but one of my clients, Ray Pensch, took a liking to him and insisted we try and get him," Hardy said.
"We did a deal with the breeders and got ourselves a cheap horse."
"Native Wolf is going to be a lot better as a three-year-old and over more ground.
"He will be seen at his best over 1600 metres.
"I am not quite sure where I will go with the horse now.
"He might have one more run but I will wait and see how he pulls up."
Beaucappa (Terry Treichel) and Waratah Grey (Jasen Watkins) set a solid pace and led into the straight until Native Wolf stormed down the centre of the track to beat Beaucappa by one and a half lengths with $4.40 favourite Designer Cleo (Marlon Dolendo) a further half neck away third.