Massivo in Emotional Win by The Gurkha
The all of the way win by Massivo in the Kalgoorlie Auto Electrics / Inspec Lineboring Handicap (1100metres) proved to be an emotional victory for trainer Robert Brown and his family, after the sudden death of their cousin Greg ”Slugger” Taylor on Saturday morning.
Taylor had been a driving force in the Kalgoorlie mining engineering industry during the eighties and beyond and had invested heavily into the horse racing industry.
During the nineties he purchased an unwanted stallion named Cavalini from Queensland and enjoyed considerable success with his offspring, teaming up with his cousin Rickie Brown who trained the baulk of his runners.
Cavadory was a slick sprinter who held the 1000 metre state record for over 20 years and Silver Tongue who was awarded the 1993 Kalgoorlie Cup after the winner Top Villain returned a positive swab.
In recent years he owned the classy sprinter-miler Elliotto the winner of the 2009 RJ Peters Stakes.
“The families related to Greg are in shock-he was such a great man whose generosity was legendary. He will be sadly missed.” Robert Brown told The Gurkha. “It was great for Massivo to win today and we were really hoping Black Tycoon could’ve won as well.”
Morsecodian Upsets Fancied Stable Mate
Leading trainer Peter Fernie may have been surprised with the order of his quinella result in the $17,500 Palace Hotel Goldrush (1600 metres) when the less favoured Morsecodian was able to hold out Wookah by a nose, much to the disdain of his supporters.
While some punters may have thought that Glenn Smith the jockey of Wookah allowed Morsecodian too easy a time of it out in front, trainer Peter Fernie was not too worried after the race.
“He had not started for three weeks and had spent one of those weeks in the paddock. There just wasn’t enough pressure on Morsecodian in the run and this made it harder for Wookah.” Fernie said.
“In the end, he just went down by the narrowest of margins. We have to decide if it is the Hannan’s Handicap or the Coolgardie Cup that we aim for with him.”
“Morsecodian deserved his win. He goes out and tries his hardest every start and gets on very well with Kevin (Bohorun).”
Amelia Storm maintained his good form of late by flashing into third place.