Mr Knowitall lives up to name

Mr Knowitall (Zy Nor Azman) finishing strongly down the outside to win at Ellerslie yesterday.

Mr Knowitall (Zy Nor Azman) finishing strongly down the outside to win at Ellerslie yesterday.

Co-trainer Margaret Carter had two simple instructions for apprentice Zy Nor Azman when discussing tactics for stable representative Mr Knowitall before the fourth race at Ellerslie yesterday.

“I simply said to him to let the horse do his own thing and make sure he has a clear run when you ask him for his final effort,” said Carter after the Civics gelding claimed his eighth win for her and her husband, Tim, who own and train him.

“He’s very well named this horse as he does think he knows everything and will do exactly what he wants despite what the jockey might think is the plan.

“He races best when you just let him settle and have him nice and happy bowling along at his own speed. Zy did everything I asked of him and thankfully the horse did the rest.”

A determined finish for third in his previous run hinted at a return to the winner’s circle Mr Knowitall, who faced just five rivals in the rating 85 event.

“The small field suited him as he didn’t get too far off them which is an issue when he races in bigger fields,” said Carter. “The three kilogram claim also played into our hands as he’s not very big and can’t really carry the bigger weights.

“His work following the Te Rapa race was very good so it was nice he could deliver on that.”

The win provided some consolation for the Carter’s after stable star Battle Time had to settle for an unlucky second behind Fire Jet in the previous event after being held up in the run home.

“He just didn’t get much of a go at them in the straight and was steaming home that last bit so I guess you could say he was unlucky,” said Carter.

“Mind you it was a very good ride on the winner as he kept us in the pocket and we just couldn’t get going until it was too late.”

Both Battle Time and Mr Knowitall will now head to the Tauranga meeting on June 25 for their next assignments.

NZ Racing Desk