Surprise for winners
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
IT'S very rare that an owner and trainer gets the quinella in a race but for Grafton's Stephen Beetson that's exactly what he managed in the opening race of yesterday's Coffs Harbour race day.
The trouble for Beetson was, he put his money on the wrong horse.
Rank outsider Northern Impulse rated a 20-1 chance in only a six horse field led from start to finish to defeat stablemate and race favourite Carr's Drive by one and a three-quarter lengths.
As apprentice jockey Marco Chui returned the winner to scale, Beetson was heard to say: "I never thought that thing would win a race in it's life."
And to prove how the trainer felt about Northern Impulse's chances, he put his money where his mouth was.
"I've had $150 on the favourite," he said with some regret. "I never had a cent on him (Northern Impulse)."
Beetson co-owns both Northern Impulse and Carr's Drive with wife Barbara and brother Jack.
The most intriguing aspect about yesterday's victory is that three weeks ago the Clang gelding was running at the tail of the field in a 1750m race at Grafton.
"I've always thought that he might win a race if he matures but certainly not over 800m," Beetson said. "I thought it would be more over 2000m.
"I just threw him in the paddock and seen the weak race come up so I give him a quick gallop and shoved him in it and here we are."