All Hayil the Hotshot
PUT simply, Coffs Harbour trainer Brett Bellamy would love a stable full of horses like Hotshot Hayil.
The seven-year-old gelding, with 11 wins, 13 placings and $110,800 prizemoney, will be out to further endear himself to Bellamy and increase his record in the AHA (NSW) Cup Benchmark 70 Handicap (1100m) on the attractive Clarence River Jockey Club eight-race program at Grafton this afternoon.
“He’s just an old gentleman,” Bellamy said in admiration. “If they (racehorses) were as easy to train as him it would make our (trainers) job a whole lot easier.
“You get some horses that want to cheat, not put in, bite, kick, real handfuls but old Hotshot does what he has to with a minimum of fuss.
“He eats good, works good and travels good.
“You could put him on a skateboard and he’d handle that good too.”
Hotshot Hayil has been with Bellamy for several years since an overseas sale fell through.
“The owners had him sold to Asia but he failed a vet test,” Bellamy recalled. “I’m glad in a way because he’s been a darn good horse for all of us.”
Hotshot Hayil, owned by Lyndhurst Stud syndicate managed by Jeff Kruger, heads to Grafton third up after a 171-day spell.
“His two runs back have been very good,” Bellamy said. “I’m hoping third up he goes even better.
“The horse goes good for the kid (apprentice Michael Fitzgerald) and that’s a plus.
“His work’s been good, he looks good and with a bit of sting out of the ground and up to 1100 metres, that also helps.
“I’m confident he’ll be thereabouts, run a very good race.”
Hotshot Hayil resumed with a 2.2 lengths fifth to Lifebuoy over 1000m at Ballina on January 24 then closed quickly late last start for a neck, length third to Top Crown and Admiral Nediym over the same trip at Grafton on February 13.
“He got to the line strongly last time, got held up a bit and while he probably wouldn’t have finished a higher placing, should have been closer,” Bellamy suggested. “With him, because he races back, he just needs luck getting through the field.
“There looks to be a bit of speed on in the race and that’s ideal.”