Macho display leaves Wiggins facing the naked truth
Robyn Freeman-Key on Brasileiro Macho wins the Benchmark 50 Handicap at Queanbeyan. Photo: Jeffrey Chan
A PROMISED ''nudie run'' was the only concern for Canberra trainer Peter Wiggins after Brasileiro Macho saluted at long odds in the last race at Queanbeyan on Saturday.
It was no wonder there were screams of joy as the $46.50 bolter stormed home by two lengths from Sialia Magic with Happy Time in third in the benchmark 50 handicap (1460 metres).
The son of the great Catbird never looked like being headed after taking over the running from Global Scale, which had led until the 200m mark.
It was just Brasileiro Macho's second win in 21 starts, after taking 14 races to break his maiden status.
But the question on everyone's lips was when Wiggins would come good with his promise.
''I said, 'If he wins I'm going to run round the Canberra racecourse nude', but I'm a bit concerned about it [now],'' Wiggins said with a laugh.
''Oh, look, it's nice to get a win and they're a good bunch of blokes [the owners].''
One of those owners is Sky Racing's Graham McNeice.
Wiggins put the win down to the brilliant ride of jockey Robyn Freeman-Key.
The Sydney hoop said afterwards the five-year-old gelding was one of the scariest horses she had ridden.
''He's jumped out of the barriers, we hit the first turn and at the 1100m he's tried to do a U-turn mid-race, and I didn't want to hit him in case he did a 'youie','' Freeman-Key said.
Meanwhile, Canberra trainer Nick Olive had a good day with Capital Commander finishing third in the Magic Millions Fillies and Mares Handicap (1300m) on the Gold Coast and Natch Catch saluting in the benchmark 77 handicap (1400m) at Rosehill.
Capital Commander was defending her title from last year.