The Flying Doormat chalked up his second win of his career when he won at Swan Hill yesterday.
Dropping back to 975 metres, Doormat relaxed perfectly a little worse than midfield. With a strong speed up front, jockey Jarrod Fry was able to get him into clear galloping room early in the straight giving Doormat plenty of time to balance up and make his run down the long Swan Hill straight. He over powered his rivals about fifty metres from the line winning by a neck.
The Flying Doormat has always raced consistently despite having many niggling setbacks along the way. He's now had 17 starts for two wins. 5 seconds and 2 thirds. The win yesterday took his earnings to $46,221 for his owners.
Meanwhile stablemate Douglassed wasn't as lucky in his race over 1600 metres at Swan Hill.
A horse that races best when forward, The Doug slipped as the gates opened and as a result wasn't able to ping out in his usual manner. Caught on a limb, jockey Jacob Rule really had no option but to push forward. Eventually he was able to settle outside the leader but the energy spent having to make this move early in the race meant there wasn't much left in the tank when Douglassed entered the straight. Despite this Doug never gave gave up and toughed it out finishing fourth.
In other news over the weekend Punt Club raced at Caulfield in a quality three year old handicap. He led the field but punctured late finishing 4.7 lengths from the winner. Suspect Punty is better suited at this stage of his career to races over 1000 - 1100 metres. He's pulled up well from the run so we'll be looking at droping him back in grade to get him back in the winners circle.