Superstition no bar in Cup
By STEVE SPINKS
THIRTEEN turned out to be a lucky number for Gold Coast sprinter Omnitrader as he stormed home to win the $25,000 Sky Channel Gold Byron Bay Cup at the Ballina races yesterday.
Omnitrader was at the front of a chasing pack that wore down Volcanic Scene which had led for most of the race.
It was the six-year-old's 13th win and one that his trainer Marie-Anne Sexton was delighted with, especially considering it was Omnitrader's first run back from a spell.
"We had a bit of success during his last campaign even though he didn't win," she said.
"He was beaten by a nose a number of times early before he had a couple of ordinary runs.
"So it took us from his last run two rotations ago to now for him to get his 13th win."
The grey gelding was bought by Sexton as a yearling at the Sydney Easter sales and she has trained him ever since.
"I broke him in myself and he really is the loveliest horse," she said.
"He's like part of the family.
"He's a real character and just such an honest racer ... he hasn't given me a day of grief."
The slow track suited the Gold Coast sprinter even though early on in his career it wouldn't have.
"If you spit on a track he wouldn't have run on it," Sexton laughed.
"But he's got used to it and he has run well on it his past eight or nine times."
Depending on how Omnitrader pulls up, she is looking at taking him to Tamworth next Sunday.
Volcanic Scene ran on to take a gallant second.
The experienced Brett Bellamy six-year-old had every opportunity and shot away at the top of the straight.
But Omnitrader proved too strong. Cedar Chief ran third.