Concreter and breeder Sam Gallo couldn’t hide his emotions when he watched the horse he raised ”since he was a baby” win at Rosehill on Saturday. Gallo bred Nothing Like Luca, whose mother died when he was six months old, and named the horse after his grandson. Nothing Like Luca held off the fast-finishing Disciple to win by a short head and send connections into raptures. ”This is big, I’ve been coming to the races for eight years and he’s the greatest,” Gallo said. ”I bred him and raised him since he was a baby.” Nothing Like Luca gave Nash Rawiller a treble after Koroibete and Relaxed And Happy had won for him earlier. ”He really pulled out all stops in the last 50 metres and it was a great effort,” Rawiller said. ”I sat off the high speed and I tried to suck it up as long as I could and I was filthy when I had to come off McClintock’s back before straightening, but he did a good job.”
TALENT TO BURN
Rawiller believes Koroibete has a bright future once he works out what he is doing on a racetrack. Despite his shortcomings in maturity and copping a whack with the whip of another runner, Koroibete proved too good for juvenile rivals in the opener at Rosehill. ”Coming to the turn he felt like he would win by three lengths, he was going that well,” Rawiller said. ”He copped it over the head and it put him off his game for 50m. He didn’t really know what he was doing but he got the job done.” Koroibete had a half-length to spare from Amovatio and Pit Boss but there could be more in store once he learns some racing manners. ”He did a few things wrong at the barriers and he did not jump very cleanly as a consequence of that but who knows, he might be hopefully winning the Derby in eight months’ time,” Rawiller said.
Masahiko, named after legendary boxer Fighting Harada, caused an upset as favourite Darciwood flopped at Rosehill on Saturday. The Gai Waterhouse-trained three-year-old won by a long neck from Hunter Jack, but it was the poor performance of Darciwood that left punters, who had backed him from $3.10 to $2.60, and stewards asking questions. Apprentice Shaun Guymer said he was surprised how quickly Darciwood stopped after leading to the turn with Masahiko on his outside. ”With time and maturity he’ll come back underneath me but at this stage he just wants to get out and get running,” Guymer said. ”At the turn he felt strong and I was quite surprised with how quick he stopped. I put it down to going that little bit too hard in the run.”
Racing NSW chairman of stewards Ray Murrihy gave young hoop Adam Hyeronimus stern advice after his ride on Reuben Percival at Rosehill. Stewards questioned if Hyeronimus chose the right options in the straight with Murrihy calling his tactics ”terrible” as he went for a run between leader Zaratone and Calvo instead of hooking to the outside of eventual runner-up Mr Armstrong and following winner Said Com. ”You aimed to go up between two tiring horses, instead of going to the outside where a run is opening up,” Murrihy said. ”I didn’t even look to the outside at that time,” Hyeronimus replied. ”It was a 75-25 decision – you went for the weaker options when in hindsight there was a run to the outside,” Murrihy continued. ”Yeah,” Hyeronimus conceded. The decision cost Reuben Percival, which was finishing strongly, any chance of winning and he was beaten two lengths into fifth. ”You’re in the big time now trying to forge a name for yourself and you can’t be making blues like that,” Murrihy said. ”You’re far better going with horses that are going forward than ones coming back to you. It looked to be a terrible decision. You’ve got Mr Armstrong going forward and you tried to go through two tired horses.”
with MATT JONES
The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Shanghai Night Net.