Gold Trail’s consistent recent form was rewarded with a strong win in the Group Two AJC The Shorts (1100m) at Randwick on Saturday.
A quality sprinter by Hussonet (USA), Gold Trail was aided by a clever ride from Nash Rawiller.
Rawiller sent his charge out toward the outside fence on straightening as he searched for firmer ground as the track deteriorated. The move proved a masterstroke.
Winning trainer Gary Portelli was particularly pleased with the ride from Rawiller.
“That was a brilliant ride. He summed it up. And he found the dry line up against the outside fence.”
“We just left it up to Nash,” Portelli noted.
“I was really worried when the rain came – whether he would handle the track or not.”
Portelli was just thankful he could join the likes of Gai Waterhouse, Michael Moroney, Chris Waller and Lee Freedman as a winner on Randwick’s premier day.
“I love Randwick and this is what it is all about – winning a big race on a day like this,” Portelli summed up.
Gold Trail was purchased as a yearling for $75,000 from the draft of Furlong Stud at the 2007 Magic Millions Yearling Sale at the Gold Coast.
Since then he has won six races and earned over $448,000 after just his 22nd career outing.
Gold Trail, by champion Mr. Prospector stallion Hussonet, is from the former stakes winning and top producing mare Trail of Gold.
By Danewin, Trail of Gold won four races including the Jakes HB Carr Stakes at Randwick prior to being retired to Furlong Stud. She has been represented by three winners from as many runners including last season’s Sydney juvenile winner Prerequisite (by another Arrowfield stallion – Charge Forward).