Lock It In Eddie On His Game Today

Lock It In Eddie On His Game Today

Bruce Stewart

15th November 2020

Not many trainers would have had the faith to lock horse Lock It In Eddie in to a long term contract but Winton trainer Tracie McGrannachan has a special bond with the six year old and doesn’t have any problems with the gelding these days.

The horse got it’s name from a phrase contestants use in the Australian Television Series “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” hosted by Eddie McGuire. He’s related to handy types Mark Hanover and Mark Roy.

Lock It In Eddie warming up – Photo Bruce Stewart

Lock It In Eddie rewarded Tracie’s faith in him once again when he won his second race on his home track today.

“He was the worst horse you’ve ever seen when we got him. He was gelded the day he came home. He haemorrhaged, and the vets came out a few hours later. We thought he was going to die. I stayed with him the night and he ended up pulling through,” she said.

The six year old Changeover gelding is owned by McGrannachan, her daughter Brooke, her husband to be Bryan Trethowen, Ian Goodman and Peter Kane.

“He has taken a wee while but as you can see he’s big and overgrown. Every time you did something with him he’d buck and kick. He was a shocker so we’d turn him out and bring him back in. We just kept doing that. Every time we did it he forgot what his habit was the time before.”

In today’s event driver Nathan Williamson settled the gelding back. With a lap to run he settled into the one one after sitting parked. With 450 metres to run Williamson moved off the tiring The Night Watchman’s back to come down the centre of the track. Bunter’s Dream, which took the inside passing lane, got a half a length in front but Lock It In Eddie under a hard drive from Williamson got up to win by half a neck.

McGrannachan says the horse reponds well to hitting the shaft and making some noise. “I dare say Nathan’s probably got a sore throat.”

Lock It In Eddie winning for Nathan Williamson – Photo Bruce Stewart

Back to the birdcage – Photo Bruce Stewart

“He’s really chilled now but early on everything scared him. John Dunn drove him at Wyndham one day and he nearly put him over the fence. That was what he was like. Brad Williamson said one day ‘if he clicks he should win a couple in a row.”

Maybe this is the first of a double Tracie?

Winners side by side – Pay Me Speed and Chelsea Faithful and Lock It In Eddie and Tracie McGrannachan- Photo Bruce Stewart