Three from Three – Might As Well

Three from Three – Might As Well

Bruce Stewart

6th February 2022

All trainers will tell you that winning three races in a row is a tough assignment but that’s what quality mare Might As Well did today at Wyndham.

“When you’re going good the modern handicap system catches up with you pretty quickly but luckily in Southland, we’ve got good mares and fillies’ races,” said trainer Des Baynes after the Well Said four year old lead all the way and won for driver Blair Orange.

Might As Well heading out to the racetrack with Blair Orange

It wasn’t an easy watch for Baynes who said he’s always wary of horses trained and driven by Nathan Williamson sitting in behind you ready to pounce.

“He’s such a good driver and trainer.”

But Baynes needn’t have worried at Might As Well let down nicely to win by two lengths with roughie Ellz Angel getting up for second a nose ahead of Glorafilia driven by Williamson.

Might As Well earplugs still in stretching out nicely at the finish

Back to the birdcage

Baynes says despite the mare’s good form it’s highly likely she’ll be sold at some point.

“Nobody has been beating my door down but there’s a good chance that I will sell her. I’ve got her half sister and her mother in foal.”

Baynes has a liking for the Ladyship races introduced to Southland a couple of seasons ago designed to cater for fillies and mares. Both Dress Code and Might Be Me have won Ladyships.

“At the moment she’d be better than Dress Code and Might Be Me. I don’t know where she stands overall, and I’ve never really asked Blair. I think she’s tougher than the others. Might Be Me is a high speed mare. She (Might As Well) is a January foal and that’s why I didn’t race her last year.”

Meanwhile former Southland bred and owned pacer Wild West upset in Friday night’s $450,000 Group One WA Pacing Cup at Gloucester Park in Perth Australia.

The giant Raging Bull gelding, bred and raced by Kevin Strong was initially trained at Winton by Lauren Pearson. He won his only start for Pearson on his home track in May 2019 before he was sold to clients of Gary Hall Senior.

He won eight of his first nine starts for Hall and his new owners and since being in Australia he’s won eleven of his twenty-six starts. Friday nights win was by far his biggest.

Wildwest and Brent Barclay

The six year old driven by Callam Suvaljka, found a gap late in the home straight and pushed through to win by a half a head from Miracle Moose at odds of 91 to 1.

Macca Lodge in Northern Southland stands Raging Bull, the sire of Wild West, and they also own Wildwest’s dam Bay Jet.

Champion pacer Chicago Bull after sitting parked for a majority of the 2936 metre feature, was another half a head back in third.

Southern horses have an excellent record in this Perth feature with Washakie (2010), I’m Themighyquinn winning in 2011, 2012 and 2013, Hokonui Ben (2014) and Chicago Bull in 2017.