Whisper Breath Taking

Whisper Breath Taking

Bruce Stewart

10th October 2020

Chinese Whisper lit up Ascot Park today, coming from a long way back to win his sixth race and in doing so breaking a track and Southland record.

The excitement machine was the highlight of a days racing that saw for the first time, full public attendance at Ascot Park since Covid.

“I didn’t have to pull the plugs and he sprinted up pretty good. It was pretty impressive,” trainer driver Nathan Williamson said after the win.

From the back mark of thirty metres the Sundon gelding got well off the pace early. With 400 metres to run he was still eight lengths off the pace and he had to go five wide out of the last bend.

Chinese Whisper came down the outside of the track and got up a beat a brave Sundons Flyer by half a length.

The winning time of 3-26.2 was a new track and Southland record for entires and geldings. The previous record of 3-26.3 was held by Monty Python. The open record of 3-24.0 is held by Pres The Belle.

Chinese Whisper coming down the outside to beat Sundons Flyer – Photo Bruce Stewart

Plugs still in returning to the birdcage – Photo Bruce Stewart

Williamson has been very patient with Chinese Whisper who’s had only ten starts over three seasons of racing.

“He’s quite temperamental and touchy. With management he’s slowing getting there. Every time he goes out there he’s learning something different. He dropped the bit completely today. I put him on the bit with a lap to go and he travelled up nice.”

The plan now is to race him at Tuapeka in a fortnight.

The five year old is owned by Williamson’s wife Katie and farrier Brendon Franks, and is currently ranked 30th in November’s Majestic Son Dominion Handicap.

“I might base myself in Christchurch before Cup Week, take him to the Cup trial, line him up on Cup Day and see how he goes in that sort of company. Dark Horse is my Dominion horse though.”