Glue sticks with it and wins a Rousillon
LISMORE trainer Owen Glue celebrated five years of success and a career first with Hajjar at the Lismore Turf Club TAB meeting yesterday.
The eight-year-old gelding took out the $15,000 Lismore Workers Club Rousillon Benchmark 67 Handicap (1516m).
"I've wanted to win a Rousillon ever since I was a boy," Glue said.
"I would have preferred if the money was what it used to be but just to do it is great.
"He's got money on cup day every time for the past five years.
"We've had a couple of wins and placings and there was only one year when he went no good on a heavy 10."
Hajjar ($10) finished a half- head in front of Mini Delago ($3.20 equal favourite) with Nujooloo Road another length back.
Glue was full of praise for his gelding and for jockey Danny Peisley.
"I've had him forever andI hope he (Hajjar) can keep going until he's 12," Glue said.
"He's no champion so I just have to pick and choose what races he can be competitive in.
"It's taken him a while to get ready for this race and I trained him very hard last week.
"Danny rode him a treat and took the others out of their comfort zone.
"I knew Mini Delago would come out hard and we just got there in the end."
Glue plans to race Hajjar at a TAB meeting in Grafton next Friday.