Derivative Receipt gives veteran trainer cup joy
VETERAN Armidale trainer Keith Hiscox had no hesitation in declaring yesterday's win by Derivative Receipt in the Coffs Harbour Gold Cup was the highlight of his long career at the track.
"I've won a lot of smaller races like the Inverell Cup and the Wallabadah Cup but that's nothing comapred to winning this race," he said after an emotion charged presentation ceremony.
The Naturalism gelding saluted the judges in front of an estimated 10,000 people when he held out a fast-finishing Fair Trial by half a length with a further half length to 2006 winner Mr Gold Fire.
With no pace early on, jockey Geoffrey Snowden drove the five-year-old forward from the middle of the pack to make the running alongside race leader Barig.
At the top of the straight Snowden got the kick on the rest of the field to take the lead 300 metres from home.
With Fair Trial and Mr Gold Fire flying home, Derivative Receipt called on all his courage to hold out the challengers.
"He hasn't got a dash or a sprint in him and 'Snowy' rode a good race," the trainer said in a typically understated fashion of the jockey that has stayed loyal to the Hiscox stable for nearly 20 years.
Derivative Receipt made history when he won the feature event of the year by becoming the first ever Class 3 horse to collect the major spoils.
Still in the early stages of his career, yesterday was only the chestnut's 12th start but it was the 11th time that he found himself in the placings to continue paying his way for connections.
Funny thing is, Hoskins nearly missed out on grabbing the gelding that he himself has a share in because of a syndicate that was set up at a Woolgoolga pub.
"The horse had come to Coffs Harbour from down south and Brian Taylor was going to get him but he'd already got two horses that week and decided that he couldn't take him," Hiscox explined.
"He rang me because he knew I wanted a horse but I was told that we missed him and they formed a syndicate at the Woolgoolga pub and he's gone.
"The next thing they've rang me up and said 'that syndicate fell over, do you still want him?' I said 'Yeah' and they sent him up to me."
The rest is now another part of Coffs Harbour Gold Cup folklore.