By TONY WHITE
ROSEHILL trainer Tony Karakatsanis ended the July Racing Carnival as leading trainer following Bold Youth's win at Grafton yesterday.
Bold Youth won the Maclean Handy Hire Class 4 Hcp (1400m) to give the man they nickname 'Carrots and Bananas', seven winners over the five carnival racing days.
"When we came up here our expectations were hopefully we could win three, maybe four races, but we've done a few better than that," Karakatsanis said.
"We brought up some nice horses like Love And Theft, Bella Senora, Sexyas and Black Pirahna.
"They all did well. If there was one disappointment for the stable it was Come In Spanner, who just didn't fire as we expected.
"Win lose or draw, we'll be back next year, and the year after and the years after.
"I just love it up here (Grafton)."
Former Grafton-based jockey Greg Farrer, who did the bulk of Karakatsanis's riding, won five races for the stable and also scored aboard Sweet Nikki for Sutton trainer-breeder Neil Osborne to make it six for the carnival and the leading rider.
Sweet Nikki, a filly bred by Osborne that due to bad legs was unable to be sold as a yearling, won the Maclean Post Office Class 1 Hcp (1200m).
Local rider Craig Franklin won two races for the Karakatsanis stable during the carnival.
Bold Youth, a son of American stallion Dehere, started at $7 and was backing up after finishing 7th to Queen Jill over 1400m at the South Grafton Cup meeting last Sunday.
While well graded, Karakatsanis was concerned at the gelding's dislike of slow tracks yesterday.
"He was down in grade, but he doesn't handle wet tracks well," Karakatsanis said.
"I didn't think he could win, honestly.
"Still, seven winners, seven out of 14 starters, that's not bad at all. Greg rode him well."
Farrer was out of breath and could hardly talk after unsaddling.
"I roared at him from the 600 metres and didn't stop," Farrer said. "I just can't talk at the moment."
Karakatsanis replied "that's just him. He needs encouragement."
"He wasn't really comfortable, but he was just too good for them," Farrer added.
Bold Youth managed to overhaul Northern Ruler near the line to score by a neck with Antrol 1-1/2 lengths away third.