Happy Irishman after Cochise wins

Cochise (6,Danielle Johnson) stretching out to head off third-placed Pasabahce on his way to winning the first race at Te Teko today.

Cochise (6,Danielle Johnson) stretching out to head off third-placed Pasabahce on his way to winning the first race at Te Teko today.

Usually when you contact a vet you have got a problem with a costly account to follow, but not so today for Cambridge trainer Finbarr Leahy.

The former successful jumps jockey was happy to be on the phone to Cambridge veterinarian Ian Mackay after winning the first event at the Te Teko meeting with Cochise.

Mackay and his son, Ross, own Cochise and the Savabeel four-year-old was having his first start from Leahy’s stable when scoring a narrow win in the Beacon 1400.

Understandably Leahy was all smiles as he waited for successful rider Danielle Johnson to unsaddle the gelding and it was still a case of smiling eyes as the Irishman headed out of the birdcage with the winner.

Cochise was having his first outing since finishing seventh of 14 in his second-up run this season at Matamata on December 14 and the win came nine starts after he cleared maiden ranks on debut at Te Aroha 14 months ago when prepared by Tony Pike.

Cochise officially transferred over from Pike’s stable to Leahy on January 8 and fought well over the final stages to win by a long head from the Ralph Manning-trained Cutting Up Rough.