Trainer Travis Doudle was moving for no one as he took up his usual position on the Morphettville rails in the teeming rain to watch his rising star Not Usual Glorious win his fourth race in a row.
Unbeaten in three runs in SA, all at Morphettville and two on the inner Parks track, Not Usual Glorious sat third and off the speed before making his run on the turn to win a Benchmark 78 over a trying 2032m – the longest race on the program.
But Doudle said it was worth the drenching as horse and rider Paul Gatt gave the trainer no cause for concern when the heavens broke.
Doudle declared a few months ago that Not Usual Glorious was something special and backed that comment up again.
“I thought if the horse had to brave the conditions then I would too,’’ Doudle said.
“I thought the race was over after 400, 500m and the jockey Paul (Gatt) said the same thing after he sat behind the race leaders.
“That’s experience and talent combined, that’s what Paul’s got. That’s who you want on those horses.
“The horse was probably ready a race a month before he raced here the first time, the thing he is only four years old. He has a beautiful future.
“We might go for another race soon here and then plan something for the spring.
“If we can get to Flemington in the spring on a wet track then we can give the owners a real big thrill.’’
Not Usual Glorious (@DoudleRacing) outlasts Lord Bouzeron in misty conditions at Morphettville! pic.twitter.com/PfK1Wz1aUs
Part of the ownership includes players from Port Adelaide who may have snuck in a listen on radio before their AFL match against Sydney.
Turfitt lived up to its potential to break its maiden status when it won over 1200m for trainer Gordon Richards.
Ridden a patient race by Jason “Stubby” Holder, who brought up an early double after Winning Weather took out a Benchmark 68, Turfitt ($3.90) charged home from barrier 15 to beat The Partisan and Jericho Beach.
Jockey Barend Vorster again showed his class to guide consistent Aadelad through a gap and on to victory in a Benchmark 78 over 1050m.
Trained by Wayne Francis and Glen Kent, the seven-year-old son of Husson made it seven wins and seven placings from 32 starts, more than making up for his $22,000 sale price in 2015.
Vorster made it a double when Frankie Pinot won a Benchmark 68 over 1200m, a win declared by trainer Tony McEvoy as special.
Meanwhile, owners and trainers are enjoying the spoils of the Racing Rewards SA program with more than $1.7m returned since the launch in December 2020.
More than $295,000 of that sum was paid to connections in February when a double bonus was presented.
Owners who bought yearlings this year have until June 30 to nominate their horses (through Racing SA) for eligibility for the 2021/22 season.
Originally published asGlorious win worth getting drenched for
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