IT was a great day at Belmont Park on Saturday for Lancelin trainer Cliff Howe with his galloper, Sharpbob, claiming his first win in two years.
But Gingin trainer Ashley Maley had no luck with his three starters, including Bad Wolf who finished seventh in a 1200m handicap.
Howe put Sharpbob’s win on August 8 down to some luck and a great ride by jockey Steven Parnham.
He said before the Amelia Park Handicap (1400m) he had wanted Parnham to get some cover to give Sharpbob his best chance in the race.
But when Parnham said he thought they should lead Howe said if that was the case he wanted him to try and give Sharpbob a breather once they settled.
Howe said Sharpbob got a good start and Parnham was able to get a couple of easy sectionals in the middle.
Prior to the win, which has increased the eight-year-old’s rating from 58 to 66, Howe said Sharpbob had had little luck including bad barriers and running out of gas.
Howe said Sharpbob’s next start would be a 1400m race on Saturday week at Belmont Park.
Sharpbob’s last win was in a 1000m race at Pinjarra on August 9, 2018.
With jockey William Pike in the saddle that day the Famous Roman and Knowing Smile gelding had started second favourite.
Maley’s Bad Wolf, who won a 1400m race at Flemington in January last year, finished eighth in a field of 14 in a 1200m race at Belmont on May 30 but was fourth behind Windstorm in a 1300m race on June 27.
When Majinika, who carried 57kg due to apprentice jockey Madi Derrick’s 3kg claim, was eventually challenged for the lead he fought back but then appeared to lose interest in the race.
After the race stewards said a post-race veterinary examination had revealed no abnormalities.
Today Maley said there was nothing wrong with Majinika but he had gone to the paddock for a spell.
Maley said he thought he had three good chances with Double Digit, Arnie’s Boy and Why Choose Her tomorrow.