St Tevoc part of the family

AFTER winning the Coffs Coast Advocate Open Handicap on Sunday, Port Macquarie trainer Pat Quinn was quick to point out just how much the nine-year old gelding means to his owners.

"Don't call him a horse, he's part of the family," Quinn said.

Being treated so kindly must be doing the world for the old stager of the race scene as he bolted away on Sunday to win by a length and a half over the Brett Bellamy trained Pennants.

"That was his race on Sunday," Quinn said of the feature event on Sunday's card.

"I ran him in the Kempsey Cup even though I didn't think he could win but I ran him because he needed a good hard hit out.

"Winning on Sunday means he's eligible for what they call the P.J Bell finals which is at Randwick on the ninth of next month."

It wasn't that long ago that there were thoughts of putting the St Covet gelding into retirement due to terrible injuries to his feet.

Some help from a blacksmith turned those issues around and was back into work despite the onset of what's considered old age for a racehorse.

"He's nine years old rising ten but he doesn't know he's that age," the trainer said.

"We don't tell him he's that age and he doesn't know so why retire him."

Then again there was never an issue with this gentlemen of the racing game wanting to get back onto the track.

"When they're genuine racehorses they love it and he just loves racing and the stable life,"

"He does better in the stables than what he does in the spelling paddock."

Speaking with Quinn about his adventures with St Tevoc, it was easy to get the feeling that it wasn't just the owners who considered St Tevoc a bit of a pet.

When prodded further, the laconic trainer admitted that he too has a soft spot for the boy.

"He's just a lovely horse to have around the place," he admitted.

"He tries so hard but he won't work really well on the track because he's got a little bit old and cunning."

Sunday's victory has given connections confidence that their favourite pet is achance of winning the Coffs Harbour Gold Cup this year now that it's being run over a mile.

"It's a little bit far off to plan at this stage," Quinn said of the Coffs Coast's major race which is run at the start of August.

"We'll give him his chance at Randwick then we'll work out how long he can have off before we try and get him ready for the Cup."

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