Pride a half-head away from doubling his luck
Hundred Cube, ridden by Joseph Pride wins the Benchmark 60 Handicap at Thoroughbred park on Friday. Photo: Rohan Thomson
Having spent the week on the Gold Coast for the Magic Millions sales, Sydney trainer Joseph Pride thought he'd better front up for work on Friday and take his horses to the races at Canberra.
And he was just a half-head away from leaving with two winners from his two starters.
Hundred Cube produced a gutsy run down the outside for a half-length victory over Oyster Bell, with Star Maher the same distance away third in the the benchmark 60 handicap (1000 metres) at Thoroughbred Park.
Then Adamant Lass ($3 favourite) couldn't hold off Mr Hogan ($15) , going down by a half-head, with Muldoon a half-neck away third in the maiden plate (1000 metres).
It was Hundred Cube's first start for Pride, after being transferred to the Warwick Farm trainer from Scott Heidke on the Sunshine Coast about four weeks ago.
Pride gets a few horses sent down from owner Harry Reed.
Pride admitted he was surprised that Hundred Cube started at $11, although he admitted the four-year-old gelding's form wasn't flash.
But he thought he was good for a place at worst.
''It's the first race I've managed to win on the course proper [at Canberra], I've won on the [synthetic] Acton one day,'' Pride said.
''I'm nearly local. I was born in Queanbeyan but I only lived there a couple of years.''
It was Adamant Lass's first start and he said both his runners on Friday needed feeding up.
''She goes quite well, [but] talk about greyhounds, she's the skinniest horse I've ever brought to the races,'' he said.
''Just look at her in the enclosure - it's embarrassing she's that light.''
After riding Gratz Vella's Crown Time to second to General Jay Dee in the benchmark 65 handicap (1200 metres), apprentice Brodie Loy weighed in light and was disqualified.
Meanwhile, it's the Publican's Purse Race Day at the Queanbeyan Racing Club with a seven-race program on Saturday.