Rhys and Penny Fensom discuss the win of Got A Beauty at Alexandra Park. Photo: Trish Dunell
It’s been a long time since Got A Beauty topped the Christchurch yearling sales in 2012 with a $100,000 price tag.
Over six years and 83 starts, in fact.
Unfortunately for Ian Dobson, who brought him that day, and all those who have raced him since, he hasn’t made much of a dent in that initial outlay.
He’d only recorded one lifetime win and earned less than $27,000 before upsetting at bolters odds of $35.80 at Alexandra Park on Friday night, his second start for new trainer Penny Fensom.
Seven trainers had battled away with Got A Beauty before Fensom, with only John Bartlett able to win a race with him, at Rangiora a year ago.
Fensom says there was got great rhyme or reason to this, his second win, nor is this the start of a fairytale late-in-life winning run for the son of abject siring failure Gotta Go Cullen.
“We got him to be our galloping pacemaker,” she said.
“A lady down south, Jen Sheridan, was looking for a good home for him on an owners’ page online.
“Her partner, Ricky Gutsell, had been training him.
“They really just wanted him to go to a good home and ended up giving him too us for free.”
Fensom, who trains at Pukekohe with the help of husband Rhys, who did the driving on Friday night, says they had no expectations, other than hoping he was an efficient galloping pacemaker.
“And he is, that’s his role with us. He does a fair bit of work.”
He was handy enough running fourth in 2.41 in his first start for the stable on June 1, but there was no air of confidence ahead of tonight.
“He is what he is and when they’ve won one from 82 starts, you can’t get your hopes up.
“We weren’t really expecting him to win, though I did think he would run well.”
Such is the stake structure at Alexandra Park now, the Fensoms and co-owner Moscow Yelas picked up the best part of $8,000 for the win.
“That’s a great result; we would have been happy with a placing, just enough for him to pay his way.
“It will be a lot harder for him now, depending on what they re-handicap him.”
Fensom says her barn is in a bit of a rebuilding stage after the recent sale to America of Kaitlyn.
“He’s probably our only race horse, though we’ve just leased Summer Wealth off Robert Dunn too.
“There are five weanlings there, five yearlings and an Auckland Reactor two-year-old as well.”
Later in the night Billy Badger made it two feature race wins in a row when he took out the $20,000 Winter Cup in the hands of John Dunn.
It was a race-to-race double for Dunn and father Robert, who also trained Woodstone to win the $17,000 free-for-all trot half an hour earlier.
Got A Beauty (6) worries out Annaliese Lincoln in a tight finish.