Henry wins Hannon

Henry wins Hannon

Bruce Stewart

19th September 2021

Thanks to a tactically great drive from Tim Williams, Henry Hubert took out today’s time honoured Placemakers Hannon Memorial at Oamaru.

After a shaky start Williams tagged onto the back of the field in the outside running line with stablemate Classie Brigade taking up the role of pacemaker and favourite Pembrook Playboy in the trailing position.

The Robert and Jenna Dunn trained Henry Hubert

“It was a wee bit disappointing at the start. He didn’t take the first step like his last start. It was unusual because normally he’s pretty safe,” Williams said. “He got into his hopples quick enough but it’s not ideal when you give them a head start.”

With just over a lap to run and the leaders generating just a moderate pace Williams made the bold move to spear Henry Hubert forward.

Tim Williams taking Henry Hubert to the lead with a lap to run

The lead was there for him and that meant one of his main dangers, Pembrook Playboy, was left three back on the pegs.

“Today was the sharpest he’s felt for a while and once he found the front he travelled on the bridle.”

Peeling off a last 800 in 54.5 and a super charged 400 in 26.8 the back runners had little show of making enough ground to win.

“Off the back we were low flying. He cornered up well. They got close to him but he had them covered. He lost ground at the start and did a bit of work in the middle, so he was entitled to get tired at the end.”

Henry Hubert (8) beating a late charge from Robyns Playboy

Robyns Playboy was excellent, running Henry Hubert to a neck, while Classie Brigade was another neck in third.

The hard luck story belongs to Pembrook Playboy. Driver Nathan Williamson had a handful of horse with the handbrake on, but he couldn’t get a clear run to demonstrate his customary scintillating finish. Vintage Cheddar, unsuited to the early moderate tempo, also finished the race off nicely, running fifth.

The trip was run in 3-20.3. The track and race record of 3-13.4 is jointly held by Spankem and Cullen’s Creek.

Meanwhile Cantfindabettorman oozed class when he led and beat R51-R60 pacers in the Plunket Electrical Oamaru Mobile Pace.

Driver Matty Williamson drove the two-year-old like the best horse in the race taking him straight to the lead from the 2000 metre dispatch.

The son of Sweet Lou carved off his 800 metres in 54.7 and the last 400 in 27.3. His winning time of 2-25.6 smashed Kenny The Cowboys 2003 record of 2-27.7.