Glencoe V C paces away effortlessly to win the $25,000
Waikouaiti Cup yesterday. Photo by Matt Smith.
Robbie McDonald knows a thing or two about winning the
McDonald, of Owaka, owns yesterday's Waikouaiti Cup winner
Glencoe V C with his daughters Christine Mitchell and Kathryn
Dodds, of Wyndham
And while he has a lovely horse on his hands in the form of
the 5yr-old Washington VC gelding, McDonald also won the 1964
version of the race with Toll Booth. He also holds the record
of winning the last totalisator saddle race for standardbreds
in New Zealand in 1967.
McDonald, who bred Glencoe V C after borrowing the New York
Motoring mare Harmonic from Ian Wilson, of Winton, knew the
talent factor was there with Glencoe V C from an early age.
''Right from the word go, I worked him on the beach at
Papatowai when he was young,'' McDonald said.
''The first day I asked him to go I said this horse will be
all right, so I'm not a bad judge.''
The tank-like gelding bashed his way through the grades early
in his career, winning six of his first eight starts, but has
needed time to adjust to the better class of horse he has
encountered in recent times. After 17 starts for Wyndham
trainer Brendon McLellan, McDonald decided to send Glencoe VC
to Canterbury, and a long-term association with the O'Reilly
family resulted in the gelding ending up at Gerard O'Reilly's
''I knew Gerard's father, Pat. He was a mighty man,''
''He [Glencoe V C] was ready to develop. He's a different
horse altogether really, but he's racing better horses.''
O'Reilly drove Glencoe V C as though he was the best horse in
the race, sending the horse forward with half a lap to go to
take the lead. The 5yr-old was let loose over the last 400m,
cutting out the last sectional in 27.6 seconds.
Glencoe V C paced the 3200m in 4.07.4 for his first win since
a handicap pace at Wyndham last February. He had been edging
closer to a win after being no worse than fifth behind the
likes of Franco Ledger, Four Starzzz Flash, Ellmer Hanover
and Terror To Love in his past four starts.
Jimmy Johnstone recovered well from an early gallop to run
second, 2 lengths behind Glencoe V C, while Southwind Arden
flashed home late for third.