Glen Colless guides Gromm to win on Coffs Harbour Cup Day.
Glen Colless guides Gromm to win on Coffs Harbour Cup Day.

Gromm won't Kostya

THERE were some big names at Coffs Harbour Race Club on Gold Cup Day but perhaps the biggest name of all was hiding in the race book. Former world junior welterweight and super lightweight boxing champ Kostya Tszyu didn't get to the track last Thursday but the horse that he's a part owner of was there. Along with his trainer Johnny Lewis and well known racing man Tim Martin, Tzuyu has taken his first steps into owning a racehorse with Gromm, a four year-old Singspiel gelding. After winning the Westlawn Finance Class 2 Handicap over a mile on Gold Cup day, most people were asking: 'How does a horse owned by Kostya Tszyu end up being trained locally by Brett Dodson?'. "Tim Martin's the common denominator," Dodson explained. "I worked for him for seven years and he sends a fair few up here to me." As yet, Dodson hasn't rubbed shoulders with the famous owners but Gromm is one horse from the Martin stables that that the local trainer enjoys having around. "He doesn't take a lot of work and that's one instruction Tim gave me when he gave him to me, he said 'he doesn't take a whole lot of work'," he added. "I was happy with the way he was ticking over before the race and everything looked good. "He was unlucky at Grafton, he should've probably nearly won there but he didn't get out." Out of a Snippets mare, Gromm put three quarters of a length on the Ken Lantry trained Mindstorm at the post to show that there's a fair bit of ability in the gelding. So much ability that it's a fair bet that Gromm won't be in the Dodson stable for too long. "Tim might take him back for a while, I don't really know the plans," Dodson said. "At this stage it would be nice if he sent him back here, he probably will later on with swapping and changing and turning him over."

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