Internet buy has the right touch
THREE-year-old filly Touch The Snow, purchased unraced via the internet by Lismore hobby trainer John Hughes, will be out to maintain her unbeaten record at Ballina this afternoon.
The daughter of Untouchable has vindicated Hughes' judgment winning her maiden at Grafton and an impressive last-start win at the Gold Coast on March 3.
Touch The Snow tackles the Tooheys Old Country Plate (1280m).
Hughes, his wife Dianne and part-owners, Lismore newspaper agents Lea Crowther and Mike Try, discovered Touch The Snow for sale via the internet.
However, while the filly was nicely bred, her only race recommendation was a last in a Newcastle barrier trial.
Hardly endearing to prospective buyers.
"We looked at several other horses but kept coming back to her (Touch The Snow)," Hughes said.
"We had a look at her in the paddock and I don't know why, but I just liked her so we went ahead with the sale."
Hughes, 64, who also works for Eagle Plumbing Supplies, found the filly far better than her trial form suggested.
After trialling at Grafton on February 4 when third to Bella Girl, Hughes produced Touch The Snow in a 1000m maiden at Grafton on February 20.
The stylish filly led and held off her challengers to win by a long neck.
Hughes then took the filly to the Gold Coast and thanks in part to a great ride by Matthew Paget, Touch The Snow zoomed home late on a heavy track to score over 900m in a Class 1 handicap.
"She jumped out of the ground over the last 30 metres, on the turn she was second last," Hughes said.
"I gave her no hope.
"Since the run she hasn't left an oat.
"She's a beautiful filly around the stable."
Put a bridle on her however and she really sparks up.
"She's very fit, clean winded and while she's not overly big, she's got a great will to win."