Sagwitch scored an upset win in the Summer Cup at Ascot Park yesterday for driver Mark Hurrell. Photo: THE INFORMANT
Gore trainer Syd Breen’s super summer continued when he took out the feature pace at Ascot Park on Thursday with Sagwitch.
The five-year-old produced a big finish along the passing lane to upset punters and score a bonus win for his connections.
Breen said after his pacer’s victory at $25 odds that on Monday he had no intentions of lining the Sagwitch up in the race.
But when the Northern Southland Trotting Club $13,799 Summer Cup was running light on nominations he threw Sagwitch’s name in the ring.
“I wasn’t going to start him but they were ringing up looking for horses.”
“He was meant to race at Winton next because its penalty free, but that won’t matter because this stake was twice as much.”
Though Sagwitch’s win was a surprise to punters, it was no surprise for Breen judging by the horse’s trackwork.
“How he went – that is what is what he feels like when you work him.
“He just hasn’t had any rub of the green.
“The start of his last start at Roxburgh was shocking and then at Winton before that he got savaged and then carted back.”
“But he run on at the finish and the start before that he ran fourth.”
Breen has been on a roll, racking up 11 wins since Loretta Franco scored at Winton in September.
That tally has taken him well past his previous best tally of winners in a season the seven winners he notched in the 2017-18 season
Breen was modest about his winning run and deflected praise on to his drivers.
“The boys have been driving them all good.
“Santanna’s Rocket was always going to do a good job once we got him sorted out.
“I was a little bit disappointed with him today, but perhaps he just pulled a bit hard in behind them.”
“He is a free-going horse.”
Santanna’s Rocket finished seventh behind Sagwitch.
The third of Breen’s runners, Mucho Macho Man, ran eighth.
It’s a case of Ascot Park one day, Gloucester Park the next for breeder-owners Syd and Shona Brown.
The Mosgiel couple warmed up for what could be a weekend when their pacer Diego scored a deserved victory at Thursday’s Northern Southland Trotting Club meeting.
Their blue and gold colours will be aboard their star pacer, Field Marshal, when he goes out as the hot favourite in group 1 Freemantle Pacing Cup on Friday night.
Diego broke his maiden and broke a frustrating run for trainer-driver Jonny Cox when winning by a half-head.
Cox said all of his team had finished in the first six over the festive period but he had been unable to crack a win until Thursday.
While Diego may not look of the same path to success Field Marshal, he will get better.
“He is a nice horse and I have always had a bit of an opinion of him.”
“He has just had a run of little things that have niggled him on the way.”
“He has got high speed and that is his go sitting off them.”
Cox drove the horse to make use of his high speed, holding Diego up until he was balanced in the home straight.
The pacer unleashed a big run to nab runner-up, Prince Abbey, just before the post.
It is highly unlikely the Browns will have to wait until the home straight to see Field Marshal unwind.
The seven-year-old is drawn to lead and dominate his 2536m feature from barrier 2.