Leviathan gelding impresses
STANDING at a massive 17-1/2 hands, Onetimeatbandcamp was clearly the biggest horse in the field for yesterday’s Fletcher Insulation Maiden Plate.
Jockey Melissa Brown found the lead from the inside gate on the Fastnet Rock gelding and once he hit the front there was no getting past him as cruised away up the straight to a two-length victory over race favourite Coolcap.
Victorious trainer Wayne Wilkes said having the four year-old push toward the lead was always part of the game plan.
“With him being such a big horse I didn’t want him getting tracked back in midfield and getting boxed up,” Wilkes said.
“Being so big he’s not going to weave his way out into a position so we let him roll forward and go from there.”
Yesterday’s win was over 1500 metres, but Wilkes believed there’s scope for Onetimeatbandcamp to be entered into some staying races in the future.
“He’s got a lot further than a mile in him,” he said.
“It’s been a long time getting him up to racing and getting him to win a race so we haven’t mapped anything out yet so we’ll go home and have a look at a few things now.”