By Geoff Heath
Although a mile or less wasnt Concitare's caper according to trainer Bruce Swan, he treated his rivals with contempt over an unsuitable 1500m XXXX Gold On Tap Open Handicap at Grafton on Saturday, lumping 59kg in the process.
With his main mission being this year's Grafton Cup, Concitare will have a couple more runs before going to the paddock and then commencing his preparation in earnest for the big race when he returns.
Although some of the better judges predicted Concitare would get too far back over the 1500m journey, he had two of the seven horse field behind him at the halfway point and was going easy.
Jockey Wayne Wheatley sent Concitare around the field at the 600m mark and raced to the lead 200m from home, defeating Classic Frontier by one and a quarter lengths with Laminated a long neck away third.
Doug Barnier is well known for his expertise in many occupations and being a good judge of horse flesh can now be added to them.
Doug was at the Magic Millions Breeze Up sale in Queensland when a bay filly by Victory Note caught his eye.
The filly was passed in at $15,000 but Doug being the salesman that he is thought he might be able to do better negotiating directly with the owners.
This was indeed the case and Doug, his son Scot and Jim Timmins purchased Victory Walk for $12,000.
They got their first return on Saturday when Victory Walk showed a ton of courage to hold out Cyclone Busby and Oh Black Betty to return $2450 back into the coffers. Victory Walk who is a late two-year-old will now go for a spell and should return to racing bigger and better than ever.
Doug reckons that he has recouped nearly half the team's outlay with what he saved on the original price added to the winning prizemoney. No wonder he is such a great salesman.
Stephen Traecey was the most successful jockey on the day, riding a winning double in the first two races aboard Victory Walk and Autumn Road.