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Hawkesbury Trainers On A Winning Run

A remarkable 18 winners came from Hawkesbury stables in the final 11 days of January and the run continued into February when Karen Outtrim made it 19 in 12 days when successful at Muswellbrook on February 2.

Hawkesbury Trainers On A Winning Run

A remarkable 18 winners came from Hawkesbury stables in the final 11 days of January and the run continued into February when Karen Outtrim made it 19 in 12 days when successful at Muswellbrook on February 2.

There was no surprise about her success and nothing unlucky about it being the 13th success of her training career.

Outtrim, who has only a small team in work, won her first race at the Hunter track when well-backed Lugard Road edged out favourite Cristal Lulu in the Maiden Plate (1280m) for fillies and mares.


It was a far cry indeed from her previous winner. That was Dragon’s Shadow who upset his rivals at odds of $201 in a maiden at Hawkesbury’s opening meeting of the current season on August 3 last year.

Like Dragon’s Shadow, Lugard Road is by Pendgragon with the four-year-old deserving her breakthrough as it was her 16th start and she had been placed on six occasions.

A change of tactics led to the mare posting her initial success, and her trainer understandably was happy with the outcome.

“We decided to ride her off the speed rather than up front,” Outtrim said. “Perhaps we have found the best way to ride her.”

Lugard Road didn’t begin brilliantly, but things worked out well as she enjoyed a comfortable run trailing the leaders.

Lugard Road showed the benefit of two prior runs – at Gosford on December 28 and Bathurst on January 22 – from a break.

It may not have been the hallowed turf of Royal Randwick, but it mattered little to Michael Wade when the 21-year-old Hawkesbury-based approved rider rode his first winner at the Geurie picnics on February 3.

Having only the seventh ride of his career, Wade won the Trophy Handicap (1400m) on Lakota Sioux, prepared at Dubbo by former Hawkesbury trainer Connie Greig for whom he rode work.

Lakota Sioux fought on gamely to defeat last start Orange picnics winner Spinning Dawn, who until recently was trained at Hawkesbury by Scott Singleton.

A small village on the Mitchell Highway between Dubbo and Wellington, Geurie is well known in racing circles as the former home of iconic pair Betty Lane - Australia’s first licensed female No 1 trainer - and her partner, the late Tiger Holland.

Wade rides trackwork at Hawkesbury for trainers Jamie Thomsen and Jason Attard and rose at 3.30am to ride work for both trainers before making the four-hour drive to Geurie.

Wade ran second on Blinkin Doubtful at his first Geurie ride then won on former Queenslander Lakota Sioux and finished fourth on Red Pegasus in the final race.

Wade made his debut at the Bong Bong Cup picnic meeting on November 24 and two of his mounts were placed that day.

He also rode a placing at the Gosford picnics on December 16 and then had one unplaced ride at the Orange picnics on January 13.

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