Roughie wins for Hunter and Nally

Roughie wins for Hunter and Nally

Bruce Stewart

19th November 2020.

Ryal Bush trainer Hamish Hunter has trained a few roughies during his forty three season career but probably none that paid as big a dividend as Indulgence, his winner today at Winton, at odds of 141 to 1.

“It didn’t surprise me in a sense because she’s been a great track worker. That’s the only reason I’ve kept her. She hasn’t performed on race day as well as I thought she would,” he said.

Indulgence coming down the outside – Photo Bruce Stewart

It was the Net Ten EOM mare’s second win in forty one starts. Her last was at Gore nine months ago.

“Her start two runs ago wasn’t too bad. I said to Matty (Williamson) that that’s how she works. At her last start at Tuapeka she got back on a 1000 metre track and it was a sprint home.”

From a wide draw junior driver Tom Nally let the giant mare find her feet, settling at third last. Indulgence was the last of the bunch inside the 600 but then got on the back of an improving Tetrick. On straightening, Nally let her run and she came down the outside with her ears back, getting up to beat The Night Watchman by half a head.

Tom Nally bringing Indulgence back to the birdcage – Photo Bruce Stewart

It was Nally’s second career win in his first season of race day driving.

“Just bring the smoko tomorrow morning and we’ll be right,” Hunter said to Nally after the win.

Indulgence is owned by Graham Cooney and is out of the OK Bye mare Burlesque which won six races as a pacer but was also tried at the trotting gait.

Also on the the day’s programme, Robin Swain trained and drove The Kingsman to win for his wife Mandy and Australian owners Merv and Meg Butterworth. He won be a length and three quarters.

The Kingsman winning for trainer driver Robin Swain – Photo Bruce Stewart

Consistent four year old Alexis Rocket won for trainer Brett Gray and driver Brent Barclay. His formline has been impeccable all season and the win was well deserved.

Alexis Rocket winning for Brent Barclay – Photo Bruce Stewart

Backmarker Rydgemont Milly won her tenth race for trainers Debbie and Mark Shirley.

The nine year old mare had broken at her last start at Addington  but back home she trotted faultlessly to beat Tweedledee by three quarters of a length.

Rydgemont Milly and John Morrison beating Tweedledee and Sam Ottley along with plenty of banter – Photo Bruce Stewart