First Win For Demasson by the Gurkha
The win by The Feral in the opening race of the day the “All New Swift” Maiden signalled the first ever career win for trainer Joann Demasson.
Demasson had taken over the preparation of The Feral a Bearcat four year old formerly trained by Vern Brockman for well-known Kalgoorlie racing identity Robert Money.
“Robert is happy for me to train the cast-offs. The Feral has always shown ability, he has just been an immature horse both mentally and physically.” Demasson told The Gurkha.
“His last run was very promising but he wanted to lay-in so I applied the lugging bit to his gear last Sunday. Also having the experience of Russell Hanson really made a big difference.”
Hanson positioned The Feral outside of Memphis Playboy who led easily but failed after his saddle slipped, leaving The Feral in front a long way from home.
Amreeka charged out of the pack to challenge and looked capable of winning the race but couldn’t get past The Feral who held on to win by a nose.
“That was so exciting to train my first winner in Kalgoorlie. I have been involved with horses for a long time but I was based in Leonora for the past 20 years.”
“We moved to Kalgoorlie to train for Robert out at his property and to train my first winner is amazing.”
“The Feral has pulled up extra well and he may go around again this Sunday.”
Demasson also has Rubitrove and The Menace in work and is hoping for more luck in the future.
Hanson and Smythe Combine
The well-known winning combination of Paul Smythe and Russell Hanson combined again to win the Bliss Café Handicap (1100 metres) with former top line sprinter Turing.
Hanson rode the Bletchley Park seven year perfectly, tracking the speed before racing away from Massivo and Kelia to record a classy victory.
“A top senior jockey can make a big difference up here.” Smythe told The Gurkha “He hasn’t been ridden that well by some of the kids up here this year but that’s all part of the learning process, I guess?”
Turing was purchased at the 2006 Perth Magic Millions Sales and was transferred to Andrew Noblet with breeder Murray Tillett the former State Manager of Magic Millions, retaining a part share.
At his first two starts Turing created a huge impression, winning on debut at Sandown for Dan Brereton, before winning second up at Sale for Matt Allen.
“He looked quite special as a young horse. Unfortunately for Murray he kicked a rail and was never the same horse. Murray asked me if I would be interested in having a go with him and while across in Melbourne for the VRC Derby in 2010 I inspected him and decided to give him a go.”
“We struggled to get him going last year in Kalgoorlie but he was a good thing beaten at Belmont Park for William Pike last year. Sharon Miller then had a few starts with him and he didn’t fire and he ended up back with me.”
“He has been a very happy horse this year and part from bad luck has raced extremely consistently. We will start him over 1200 metres next fortnight.”
While Smythe has only trained three winners this season, all ridden by Hanson, the proprietor of Golden City Motors has been busy developing a training property at Henley Brook.
“It is coming together nicely, these things take time but it will be something to look forward to.” Smythe added.