LOCAL trainer, Stuart Crawford looks to have unearthed another high class horse in ‘O’Toole’. The point to point season having been cancelled, the Larne based handler opted to start the son of ‘Mahler’ – runner up in the 2007 St Leger and third in the Melbourne Cup – in a Fairyhouse bumper on Saturday.
The trainer’s brother, Ben had been declared to partner the debutante, but failed to complete the advance Covid check-in procedure and was replaced in the saddle by the in form Jordan Gainford – the rider having recently turned professional jockey.
The local horse (25/1), which is also owned by the trainer, was always in the leading trio prior to going to the front a quarter of a mile from home and scoring very easily by 15 lengths in the testing conditions.
Crawford said: “We thought he was a nice horse and should have been going point-to-pointing, as that was the plan. He’s a very good jumper, but he was ready to run and we had to get him out somewhere. My brother (Ben) has done all the work on him and I’m just sorry he wasn’t on him today. He was confident he’d go well. He’s a lovely horse and he’s for sale.”
Crawford added: “Jordan gave him a good ride and did everything I asked – hopefully I can get him again, if he keeps getting winners, he’ll be hard to get.”
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