Oyster win a ?pearler
By Grahame Timbrell
Eagle Farm trainer, Liam Birchley heaped praise on Newcastle jockey Allan Robinson for his daring ride after Blue Oyster narrowly won the Sportsman Guineas (1600m) yesterday.
"That was a great ride," Birchley said.
"Allan showed a lot of judgement and daring and that was what won the race for us."
Blue Oyster ($6), scratched from the McWilliams Wines Class Three to run in the Guineas won by a short head from Sly Dog ($7.50) with Tackman ($15) a further long neck away third.
Robinson had Blue Oyster back second last early with Darling Dane setting the pace with the $3.30 favourite Bavosa sitting three wide with no cover.
Robinson angled Blue Oyster along the rails approaching the 600 metres and moved up to sit behind Darling Dane approaching the turn.
He then took Blue Oyster to the centre of the track and he moved up to take the lead and fight off Sly Dog (Ronnie Stewart.)
"I got a lovely behind Darling Dane at the top of the straight and he took me up to the lead," Robinson said.
The Guineas is the second feature race at Grafton that Birchley and Robinson have combined to win.
They also joined forces to win the 2003 Ramornie Hcp with Sir Breakfast.
Birchley also had a big hand in the preparation of Desk Top Lover which won the 2001 Grafton Cup.
Desktop Lover was trained by Bill Mitchell out of his Brisbane satellite stable but Birchley was the foreman in charge at the time.
Birchley has a big opinion of Blue Oyster.
"He is a horse on the way up and I think that next preparation we will be aiming him at some top grade city races," Birchley said.