Apprentice Chris Graham takes Easter Monday riding honours

IN FORM: Apprentice Chris Graham returns to scale on Gasnier, one of his three winners at Spreyton on Monday. Picture: Greg Mansfield

IN FORM: Apprentice Chris Graham returns to scale on Gasnier, one of his three winners at Spreyton on Monday. Picture: Greg Mansfield

Apprentice Chris Graham took riding honors at Spreyton on Easter Monday with a treble.

Graham won on Gasnier and Steel Moon for Adam Trinder and Blaze Forth for John Blacker.

Gasnier, who won the 900m maiden on debut, is named after New South Wales rugby legend Reg Gasnier who played for St George Dragons.

His owners thought the name was fitting, given that his sire is Hidden Dragon.

Trinder said the horse, who is a rig (only one descended testicle), was bought at the Gold Coast Magic Millions yearling sale and his big group of owners included quite a few first-timers.

“I decided to claim on him because I thought he was badly weighted for a two-year-old against older horses,” the trainer said.

He owed me one and he's still a little bit behind the ledger - Adam Trinder

“The claim brought him back down under the minimum.”

Trinder said that Gasnier showed a lot of speed when first put into training.

“I had him trialling early and he looked quite precocious,” the trainer said. “He actually beat Pateena Arena here in his first trial but then he went shinsore.”

Trinder said Gasnier owed him a win.

“He’s the horse I fell off and did my knee (requiring a reconstruction) so he owed me one and he's still a little bit behind the ledger.”

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