Gamble pays off for Bellamy
THE gamble to give Sestad one more start before a well-earned break has paid off for Coffs Harbour trainer Brett Bellamy.
The Sequalo three-year-old scored his maiden win at Coffs Harbour yesterday when he narrowly edged out Bengal Angel and Chubby Chipmunk in the Always Party Hire 3YO Country Plate.
Sestad had five previous starts under his belt for three third-place finishes.
But Bellamy had a hunch that a change of luck might be on the cards.
"I thought he'd just about gone past his best but I did think with the number one barrier on his home track he'd be very, very competitive which he was," Bellamy said.
Using the inside barrier, jockey Raymond Spokes was able to gain a spot on the rail sitting right behind Bengal Angel.
Upon rounding the turn Bengal Angel kicked away to a two-length lead.
But Spokes used his knowledge of the track to cut to the inside using the cutaway that was available in the straight.
Spokes said that being a home-town jockey was a definite advantage on this occasion.
"The cutaway is always good when you're just behind the pace and if I don't know the track by now there's something going wrong," he said.
The majority of the winners that Bellamy trained last season on his way to the NSW Country trainer's premiership were with Spokes on board and the trainer admitted that his stable hoop was a giant asset.
"He knows the track and it took every ounce of his ability to get him (Sestad) home today," Bellamy said.
Sestad will be sent out for a spell after claiming the win and Bellamy hopes that time will provide further improvement.
"He's a nice little horse but he was a late foal and he's been very slow in maturing," he said.
"He hasn't had a great deal of luck and he probably should've won one long before this but that's racing, they get knocked down or held up and you've got to make your own luck."