"Cruiser" appreciates the massive drop in company
Evergreen Mach Three eight year old Mach Cruiser looked a good thing at Addington Raceway tonight and courtesy of a confident front-running drive by amateur driver Ray Reekie he duly obliged.
The pride and joy of the Westview Racing Number 14 syndicate, Mach Cruiser was having his third start in just eight days, but if any horse loves regular racing it is him. A good 6th at Forbury Park last Wednesday night, Mach Cruiser then took a big step up in company four days later running a close up 9th, beaten just five lengths in the Hororata Cup after starting off a 20m handicap.
While he has been running good races on the whole, as a C5 horse he has been meeting some nice horses, making his task that much more difficult and often having to start off tricky handicaps. Entered in a race for the amateur reinsmen tonight, Mach Cruiser was matching up against C1 and C2 pacers. However, to do so he had to go in the race as a $5000 claimer. His loyal Westview syndicate were resigned to the fact that a claim would be lodged and this would be the last start for them tonight.
Mach Cruiser showed super pace from his wide barrier and was in front a little over 200m after the start. He dictated a strong pace and while he ran a fast lead time of 1.12.8, he always looked to be travelling well within himself. From the 800m, Ray asked him to step things out and he fired in a 28.1 quarter to have most runners well off the bit. On the turn there was just the one threat and it was Nui Toc Tien that had been saved for the one run. However, its challenge would be shortlived and Mach Cruiser went to the line the easiest of winners by two and a quarter lengths, running the 2600m mobile in 3.11.
Tonight's win was the third for his current owners from just the 16 starts and his 10th career win overall from 74 starts.
Following the race the news that the Westview syndicate had been expecting came through, that a claim had been lodged for the horse. The claim came from tonight's winning driver Ray Reekie. However, in what was a strange twist of events post-race, the claim was declared null and void. A rule states no driver can put in a successful claim for a horse that he is driving in a race. The long and short of it is that Westview still own the horse and he will race in their colours again next time he goes around.
Mach Cruiser records win 10 of his career at Addington this evening
Posted: Thu 25 Feb 2016