Trainer breaks Grafton victory drought in top style racing
BEAUDESERT trainer Garry Hutchesson has enjoyed moderate success without ever landing a winner over several trips to Grafton.
So it was fitting he could pocket some silverware for his first win at Clarence River Jockey Club, when Destars won the Ulmarra Chip-in Cup on Saturday.
Hutchesson and his wife Gay Edwards were suitably delighted to win the feature race of the day with Destars.
"I've had a fair bit of luck without winning here, so that's my first win,"
"He did it the hard way today. Out of that barrier (11) he had no option but to go for it early and see if he could hold on."
Jockey Jasen Watkins did not let up on the six-year-old gelding until he had rounded to the front 400m into the 1625m race.
There Destars ($6) remained with Man Of Persia ($5 favourite) on his heels and despite strong challenges on both sides hung on down the middle of the track to score from Geecup ($31) and Little Nathan ($11).
It was the gallantry of Destars' run in the
Benchmark 55 rated
Ulmarra Cup that impressed the trainer who has not discounted thoughts of some more prestigious cup runs next month, such as the South Grafton Cup or Maclean Cup.
"It's a big step up in class but we could look at him for one of the cups," he said.
"Today was his first run over a mile so we'll see how he pulls up. He's not overly big, but bred to go even longer distances."