Hussation Caps Off A Big Weekend For Morton by The Gurkha
The win by Hussation in the CT Electrician-Mick O’Brien 10 Year Service Handicap (1600
metres) capped of a memorable weekend for Ascot based trainer Dan Morton.
Morton also trained Zester to win the Listed Bolton Sprint at Belmont Park but gained most satisfaction with the fast finishing second by Scenic Blast in the Group 1 BTC Sprint at Doomben behind the Keith Biggs owned filly Sea Siren.
“Hussation really deserved that win. Since we put the blinkers on him after he put in a shocker four starts back he has not put a foot wrong.” Morton said. “Top marks to Felicity Ives who does all the work on him and rode him a treat from the outside barrier.”
“This horse looks to be right in the zone now and can be followed from here on in.”
The victory by Hussation was the second win of the season for the Morton satellite stable in Kalgoorlie and the city trainer is confident more will follow.
“Most of our runners on the Goldfields have performed well. Kalgoorlie is a very competitive league and they don’t give away wins up there.”
The win by Zester in the Bolton Sprint at Belmont Park was a tribute to the ride of Campbell McCullum who gave the gelding every chance in the run.
“He could not have ridden Zester any better. We thought he was training well enough to win the race and the lack of speed made it important for Zester to jump well, which he did.”
But it was the effort of Scenic Blast to charge home and finish into second place in the Group 1 BTC Sprint at Doomben which gave Morton and his father Len the biggest kick.
“We all know how good this horse is but he has had to overcome so many problems. Dad has him firing up there and hopefully he could pick up one of the big sprints over the Brisbane carnival.”