Hoist's cup heist
CALL it a stroke of luck, or the acumen of a genuine horseman.
Port Macquarie trainer Neil Godbolt deserves high praise indeed after beautifully bred mare Hoist, out of form and out of sorts a couple of months ago, scored an impressive win in the $17,000 John Carlton Cup (1200m) yesterday.
It was the Zeditave four-year-old's third straight success.
The turnaround, believe it or not, is attributed to a simple change in feed.
Hoist ($9), owned by the Kelly family from Newhaven Stud, dined out on her rivals, shooting to a 1½ length win from John Shelton's brave warrior Innocenttassie ($9), with the unlucky Trescorpioni ($7) a length away third.
“She's been a completely different mare since I changed her feed around. The change is remarkable,” Godbolt said. “I was feeding her normally with oats but she'd get scratchy in her action, shorten up.
“Since I cut the oats, she's a different horse.”
Hoist's form is testimony to Godbolt's reasoning.
Since altering her feed regime, Hoist had strung together wins at Grafton and Port Macquarie before yesterday's emphatic victory.
Despite the ease of the win, when ridden by Terry Treichel, Hoist will miss Wednesday's $130,000 WHK Ramornie (1200m), lining up instead in the $20,000 Mother's Gift (1400m) on Grafton Cup day.
Hoist came to Godbolt's stables eight months ago by chance and was initially considered a stayer.
“I'd never met Tom or John Kelly, but they rang out of the blue and asked if I would train Hoist,” Godbolt said. “I bought a mare they bred named Wafer at a tried horse sale in Sydney and won five or six races with her.
“When she first arrived they (the Kellys) thought she was a stayer.
“I got her up to a mile (1600m) but the way she worked and raced I figured she was better off kept fresh, up to distances around 1400 metres.
“That's the way she likes it, fresh. Races best that way too.
“I tend to space her runs now.
“She doesn‘t take much work. It was through trial and error, like the feed. I figured that out.”
Place-getters Innocenttassie and Trescorpioni will also miss the Ramornie, with Innocenttassie to tackle the $25,000 Maclean Cup (July 17) and the Bernie Howlett-trained Trescorpioni a minor race during the carnival.
Well-tried favourite ($3.50) and last year's winner Ollie Vollie missed the start and wound up seventh.