Our Blevic in late charge
A PLUNGE on locally trained Knight Templar went astray at Grafton yesterday in the Tradesmans Flying (1215m).
Backers of the five-year-old sprinter, prepared by Jason Reilly, were on good terms with themselves when the gelding jumped from the inside barrier to lead the field in the early stages.
However, Knight Templar refused to settle and race kindly for jockey Matthew McGuren and maintained a fast pace until turning into the home straight.
It wasn’t long before contenders started coming thick and fast, Knight Templar eventually wilting to sixth behind the Ian Cook-trained Our Blevic ($5) who charged home late down the outside to beat Splitzer ($4.60) and French Command ($12).
Knight Templar opened at $11 in early TAB Fixed Odds markets and was backed down to start the $4 popular elect on course.
For Guyra-based Cook, the win by Our Blevic was especially pleasing.
“He just tries hard, doesn’t he?” Cook suggested after the three-quarter length win. “The big drop in weight certainly helped.
“He’s always a better horse when he’s able to get to the outside like he did today.
“And he loves racing at Grafton.
“I thought he had a good chance in the race. It was a nice win. I’ll look for a 1400 metre race somewhere for him. ”
Our Blevic has won five races from 36 starts, four of them at Grafton.
Cook purchased the gelding as a tried horse for $8500 after he had nine starts.
Cook races Our Blevic with Jennifer Turnbull, who resides in Moombi, north-east of Tamworth.
Winning rider, apprentice Jesse Graham, said later he had the field covered once he was able to extract Our Blevic to the outside in the home straight.
“He was a bit slow away and got back a bit further early than I thought,” Graham, apprenticed to John Sprague at Port Macquarie, said. “He tucked in behind them and travelled really well.
“Once I was able to get him out in the straight he was able to let down really well.”
It was Graham’s 25th career winner and his second aboard Our Blevic.