Local plays his part
By GRAHAME TIMBRELL
FORMER Grafton boy Jeremy Vaughan returned home to play a big part in the win by the John O'Shea trained Jurnnom in the Southern Cross Ten Two Year Old Plate (1200m) yesterday.
Vaughan, who has been working with O'Shea as a foreman for the last two years, travelled up with the horse on Wednesday and looked after him until O'Shea flew up yesterday morning.
"The horse travelled up beautifully," Vaughan said.
"We got here early on Wednesday night and the horse ate up then, and again this morning.
"It was a relief to see him handle the trip so well."
Jurnnom ($4.60), a beautiful type by Zeditave, was perfectly ridden by Hugh Bowman.
He had the colt in third place, just off the pace, to the turn then issued his challenge along the rails to win easily by three lengths from Pagan County (Anthony Pattillo) with the $3.80 favourite Ten Of Hearts (Greg Farrer) a further length away third.
Jurnnom was only having his second start for O'Shea after being switched to him from Gold Coast trainer John Wallace earlier this year after one unplaced run on the Gold Coast.
Jurnnom resumed with a good second at Wyong on June 29 and O'Shea said he had sent the colt to Grafton because he could not find a suitable race for him in Sydney.
"His owners also live on the Gold Coast and it was easier for them to get down here," O'Shea said.
"They sent him to me because they hope to win a good race in Sydney with him.
"Ironically we could end up back at the Gold Coast with him next January because we are looking at aiming him at the Magic Millions for three-year-olds.
"I might take him to Wyong for the big three-year-old race there in December as a lead up to the Gold Coast."
In fact, the colt's owners arrived at the track by helicopter just before the race started and flew out again before the cup had started.
The 25-year-old Vaughan, who was remarkably composed after the win, started his career in racing as a strapper with Mike Dougherty in Grafton.
He then went to England and worked with one of that country's leading trainer, Mark Johnston, for several years before returning to Australia and linking with O'Shea.
"I was really excited when John said he was sending the colt up and I could go with him," Vaughan said.
"I stayed with mum and dad last night and it was great to catch up with them."