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- Published on Monday, 06 August 2012 16:14
Motu Speedy Star is making a habit of it now. Last December he won the Waimate Cup at odds of $88-1 and just down the road, last Sunday, he ran away with the Kurow Cup at the relatively cramps odds of just $47-1.
Since shifting house to the Eion Latimer’s team in Oamaru, Motu Speedy Star and driver Brad Williamson have formed a potent alliance. Brad was once again at the helm on Sunday for the upset win on his home course as he was back in December at Waimate. To cap off the achievement Motu Speedy Star was running the race of his life and enjoying his biggest payday at start 101.
Since taking over Motu Speedy Star last spring Eion Latimer has turned the eight-year-old’s career around. Three wins and nearly $30,000 in stakes has been a resurrection, of sorts, with young driver Brad Williamson being in the cart for all his success.
In Sunday’s Kurow Cup the odds were stacked against Motu Speedy Star. Firstly, before the race - as a $47-1 outsider. Then during the race, when wedged back on the markers his odds looked even slimmer. But thanks to a very solid clip and horse after horse looking to get wide on the track heading for home, Motu Speedy Star was able to pick a path, the shortest way home and in the shadows of the post lunged through to oust Ultimate Player and Fly The Flag from the victory dais.
Two nights prior at Alexandra Park another well-tried veteran was having his last run. Perigo bowed out of racing as a 15-year-old having won 19 races across 11 remarkable seasons of racing. Perigo was able to win at least once in nine of those seasons.
Co-owner and trainer Kevin Smith will now find a “good home” for the Evander’s Gold gelding whose career was kept afloat by being a claimer and racing against like horses for the past few seasons.