Andy More Than Handy

Andy More Than Handy

Bruce Stewart

Wyndham committee man Ian Hunter has spent the past decade developing his trotting breed. And the win by the highly talented Andy Hall which won on debut at the Young Quinn Raceway today highlights the breed’s continuing success.

Andy Hall – File.

Hunter has bred a host of winners from Andy Hall’s dam Delcola, (herself the winner of six races) which include Splash Cola (9), Delestic (3) and Delson (3 wins from 8 starts).

Andy Hall was made favourite in today’s race on the back of some impressive workout wins. From barrier one he began slowly but safely for trainer driver Nathan Williamson.

“The only way I thought he could make a mistake was if I tried to rush him at the start,” he said.

After racing back for the first part Williamson was able to get a good drag into the race when Susies Way started to move up in the outside running line with 1000 metres to run. At the 600 Williamson moved the giant trotter out three wide and progressed forward. At the top of the straight Andy Hall was on equal terms with Susies Way but proved too strong at the finish, winning by two and a quarter lengths.

“He showed good manners, trotted well and finished the race off so I couldn’t have been happier. He’s got a nice way of trotting and generally he’s quite solid that way.”

Williamson has had the Andover Hall gelding since he was a young horse and he says at times he’s been a bit of a handful but the talent has always been there.

“He was broken in and had a prep as a young horse, then he had preparations at two and three. He’s just kept on growing. He’s been in and out of the stable so he’s been well schooled. That’s probably where he gets his good manners from.”

Williamson says he’ll back off the horse a bit now and he probably won’t be seen at the races for at least another four weeks.

“I’ll keep him on the big tracks for now. He’s promising, and looks like a horse with a bit of a future.”

In the second trot of the afternoon Williamson, driving the favourite and last start winner Sekkie Monkey, had to settle for second.

After sitting parked for the entire journey she couldn’t quite get to pacemaker Whatwillbeewillbee driven astutely by Jonny Cox. The winning margin was a nose.

Whatwillbeewillbee (6) trained by Brian Norman beating Sekkie Monkey – Photo Bruce Stewart

Winning smile – Photo Bruce Stewart

Cox had won earlier in the day on Held To Ransom, providing young trainer Jesse Alford with his first winner. Alford was unable to drive the mare as he was suspended at last weekend’s Wyndham meeting for careless driving.

Cox salutes – First winner for trainer Jesse Alford – Photo Bruce Stewart

Returning – Photo Bruce Stewart

Meanwhile the first season training partnership of Ross and Chris Wilson scored back to back wins when Swift Robyn won her second race and Bridesdale Robyn won her sixth race in a heat of the Southern Belle Speed Series.

At the 600 metres driver Craig Ferguson launched Swift Robyn forward in a lightning move. She was three wide and challenging just before straightening for the run in and came down the middle of the track bravely holding on to beat Bettors Atom by a length and a quarter.

Game mare Swift Robyn winning at Wyndham – Photo Bruce Stewart

Bridesdale Robyn was the winner in Race Four. Ferguson blasted her off the gate from the wide draw and got to the top after a short battle with Team Kiwi.

From that point the Christian Cullen mare ran her rivals along at speed. Heading up the straight, Bridesdale Robyn and Team Kiwi had a good old battle with the Wilson trained mare getting there by a head. The 1609 metres was run in 1-55.5.

Bridesdale Robyn (7) winning her Southern Belle heat – Photo Bruce Stewart

Returning with winning driver Craig Ferguson – Photo Bruce Stewart

Winning connections – Photo Bruce Stewart