Hackers by a whisker
THE difference between victory and defeat had never been clearer.
After odds-on favourite Hackers and Tequila Kid fought out a head-bobbing finish to yesterday’s opening race of the day at Coffs Harbour, connections of both horses were on tenterhooks awaiting the outcome of the photo. In the mounting yard were some of the owners of Hackers as well as the strapper for Tequila Kid.
When judges made the call that the Neil Godbolt-trained Hackers claimed the win by a nose, owners high-fived each other in delight while the beaten strapper dropped her shoulders and head in disappointment.
While punters were happy to take the $1.80 on offer yesterday for the Domesday gelding, the trainer wasn’t so sure his horse already had one hoof on the till.
“I knew the horse would race well, but I said to the boys that the only thing that will beat him is that 1200 metres is a little bit short for him,” Godbolt said.
“I thought he was crying out for a mile.
“The 1200 was only just far enough as it turned out.”
Godbolt admitted that from the stands he thought his concerns had proven correct.
“Watching it live I thought he got beat, I thought the other horse had won,” he said.
“Then when we watched it on the slow mo and it showed him getting the stride in where it counts.”