Well Bred Major Punter Wins On Debut
9th July 2020
Art Major gelding Major Punter lived up to his breeding when he won on debut at Ascot Park yesterday, and he had to be tough to do it.
Major Punter stretching out to win on debut – Photo Bruce Stewart
The two year old, racing against older opposition settled in the one one early and stayed in the outside running line for most of the trip. At the 700 driver Blair Orange pulled Major Punter out and he started to progress three wide. At the 500 metres he was outside the leader Unsurpassable. Orange nursed him through the next 200 metres and then pulled the plug halfway down the straight. The horse started to get on one rein but had enough ability to beat Ride In A Concorde by a length.
“He did lay in quite bad coming up the straight. I think if he’d run true he would have won a lot easier. We’ve still got a bit to work on but that’s why he’s here,” said Gore trainer Tony Stratford.
Returning after his win – Photo Bruce Stewart
Major Punter is owned by Westward Beach trainer Graeme Anderson in partnership with Brian Sceat and has been at Stratford’s stable for six weeks. He and Anderson regularly swap horses.
“He just came down to learn to work round a track rather than run up and down on the beach. He’s a lovely horse. One of the better young ones we’ve had. He’s got a great attitude. Blair likes him.”
Major Punter is out of the one win McArdle mare Millwood Hope whose dam Millwood Minisota left class pace Ohoka Punter the winner of sixteen races and $494,097.
“Graeme always liked him and we do too, so onwards and upwards. We’ll probably look at a Sires Stakes heat when they kick off in October. He may come back here in three weeks.”