Longford trainer Barry Goodrick had to negotiate a time-payment deal so he could afford to buy former Victorian mare Ansaam but it’s starting to pay dividends.
Ansaam won her second race for Goodrick and his co-owners when she finished strongly to take out the Class 1 Handicap over 1220 metres at Mowbray on Wednesday night.
Her first win was at the same track last April but her connections got only half the prizemoney as it was a dead-heat.
“We think there’s plenty more wins in store because she really wants 1600m and will be a better horse next year,” Goodrick said.
The trainer said he pleaded poverty when negotiating to buy Ansaam from the Hayes/Dabernig stable.
“She was owned by one of the sheikhs and I bought her through Tom Dabernig's father Arthur,” Goodrick explained.
“They wanted $6500 but I told them I was a pensioner and couldn’t afford to pay that much up front.
“I asked if I could give them $2000 and pay the rest off over eight months and, after going away to think about it, they came back to me and said it was a deal.’’
Goodrick said apprentice Hayley McCarthy was confident the mare was ready to win again.
“Hayley rode her when she was placed over 1100m in Hobart last start and said, if we stepped up to 1200m, she’d be getting the money.”
CONCERNS about the track dented trainer Glenn Stevenson’s confidence but it didn’t stop Kenfromthebar winning the 3YO Maiden.
Ridden by Ismail Toker, the three-year-old hit the front on the home turn then held off a late charge from Weekend Whisky.
Kenfromthebar’s only previous run had been in a feature race on Launceston Cup day when he finished a respectable seventh behind Chillout.
“This was a much easier race and we brought him here to have a punt – but when I saw the track this afternoon I had second thoughts,” Stevenson said.
“I thought he was the best horse in the field but he’s as green as grass and I knew he’d do a lot wrong.
“If the track had been firm all over, I would have been very confident.”
The track was softer than expected and, although there had been no rain during the day, was downgraded from a good 4 to a slow 5 before the race.
LORD FARQUAAD, cleverly ridden by Daniel Ganderton, was another winner to come down the outside rail in the Class 3 Handicap.
And, trainer Mark Ganderton had no doubts it was the winning edge.
“This horse needs a little bit of luck and the ride was exceptional – where he went in the run was far superior to the rest of the track.”