Kurow Southern Wrap

Kurow Southern Wrap

17th August 2020

Bruce Stewart

Chinese Whisper continued his march to top company when he lead and easily won at the Kurow meeting yesterday.

The Nathan Williamson trained square gaiter was brought into the unruly position late and trotted away nicely before being taken forward to lead.

Chinese Whisper – File

The son of Sundon went down to the line to win by two and half lengths from second favourite Midnight Dash.

Chinese Whisper trotted his last 800 metres in 56.6 and last 400 in 28.2. The overall time for the 2600 metres was 3-22.7.

“He took the trip all in his stride, he stood up against the outside fence and moved away. He’s had a couple of runs under his belt now. He was probably a bit fresh when he came back in….he’s got the edge off him now so he’s going pretty good,” said Williamson when assessing how far the talented trotter has come on the last two months.

It was the five year old’s fifth win from just ten starts. He was bred by Nathan Williamson who borrowed the mare Little Contessa from his mother Bev for a season. Chinese Whisper is raced by Williamson’s wife Katie and his farrier Brendon Franks.

“I had a Sundon service that I’d paid for so I borrowed the mare.”

Little Contessa has been a very good broodmare, leaving Irish Whisper (11), Heard The Whisper (7), Maori Invasion (3) and Davey Mac (3). She unfortunately died In March 2019 after leaving her last foal Tessa’s Lass, a full sister to Chinese Whisper, Irish Whisper and Heard The Whisper.

“We’re going to give him (Chinese Whisper) a couple of weeks off and let his coat come out.”

Williamson’s runner in the Kurow Cup Franco Santino was pulled out of the afternoons feature.

“He had a heart fibrillation. Hopefully it corrects itself and he’ll be as good as gold. He was gone from the word go.” Williamson said they’ll give him a couple of easy days and reassess.

Meanwhile Branxholme trainer Alister Black who trains across the road from Williamson won at Kurow with The Pres trotter Christmas Babe.

Black shares in the ownership with Art Shirley, Bruce McDonald, Kain Murdoch, Bill Carey and Charlie Steele. They bought Christmas Babe off Alan Clark as a two year old. She was born on Christmas Day 2015 and is out of the Malabar Maple mare Galleons Conspiracy.

Christmas Babe – File

Driver Brad Williamson settled Christmas Babe in the last half dozen on the outside running line. He pressed the mare forward facing the breeze for a good portion of the early part of the race. With just over a lap to run Red Harbour gave Christmas Babe cover, then with 900 metres to run Williamson elected to move out of the one one. On straightening he move up to challenge Jerry Garcia and looked confident of a win but had to drive the mare out to beat Jerry Garcia by half a neck with half a head back to Ali Lindenny.

“She was just coasting. She does that sort of thing but that’s okay. Hopefully she’s not finished (winning) yet. She’s got a wee bit stronger this season and is starting to mature a bit,” Black said.

It was the mare’s fourth win from thirty two starts.

Shirley, Carey and Steele purchased a three year old half-brother to Christmas Babe, Peak Conspiracy (Peak) off Clark who is three and is in Amber Hoffman’s barn.

Black’s runner in yesterday’s Kurow Cup Lawrence finished fourth, running home nicely to finish two and a quarter lengths from winner Italian Lad.

“He went super. They got home in 27.2 off the front and he made ground so I was pretty happy with him.”

He also started New Zealand Cup aspirant Vintage Cheddar at Addington on Friday night. Competing in the National Handicap, he finished last, nine and a half lengths from the winner Franco Niven.

“My fault. I’ll take the blame. I just think he was way too short (of a run). He’s pulled up fine.”