Jun 06, 2014
By GREG MANSFIELD Courtesy of the Examiner
TRAINERS Michael Trinder and Scott Brunton had mixed emotions after their horses Thorn Man and Am I There Yet dead-heated in the $20,000 Deloraine Hotel Easter Cup at Spreyton yesterday.
Trinder was reserved in his celebrations, as he thought Thorn Man was ''a bit unlucky'' not to win outright.
However, Brunton was delighted with the result, describing it as ''a bonus'', as Am I There Yet is better suited over longer distances.
The dead heat completed doubles for the two jockeys involved, with Erhan Kacmaz (Thorn Man) also scoring on Classic Outlaw and David Pires (Am I There Yet) winning earlier on Minute Repeater.
On a day dominated by the apprentices, Ismail Toker also rode two winners (Churinga and Bundaleda) and Millie Whitehouse-Summers landed her first double on Magestic Impulse and Willow The Wisp.
Trinder said that Thorn Man, who has now won five races in a row, got shuffled back in the field at the 800 metres. ''It probably cost him outright victory but, having said that, he had some luck in the home straight when he got a good run through the field,'' the trainer said.
Brunton said that Am I There Yet was essentially a 2400m horse, and to win over 1880m was a good result.
''He's a very good horse and will stay all day,'' the trainer said.
''His target is the St Leger at Mowbray next month where he will carry only 54 kilograms and, even though he will probably come up against Geegees Blackflash, I think he can win it.
''He will have one more run over 2100m as a lead-up.''