Comeback Beats Commentator

One thing I quickly learnt about this game, is never ever “bag” a racehorse.

You know, never rubbish a horse when it runs down the track.

The general rule of thumb is to wait until the horse has passed for at least ten years before making such statements.

Otherwise you run the risk of making a complete fool of yourself. 

Yep, famous last words.

A certain Maori commentator declared to all and sundry, Six O’Clock News would never win another race.

That was at Hawkes Bay last October.

Last Saturday at Trentham, Six O’Clock News made that Maori commentator eat a fairly large dollop of humble pie.

The Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young trained galloper, stormed to a game and narrow win in the Group Three Trentham Stakes. 

In doing so he broke through for his first win in nearly three years.

“It’s been a long time between drinks alright” declared co trainer Trent Busuttin.

Six O’Clock News hadn’t won since taking out the St Leger Trial at Otaki in February 2009.

“He’s been in most of the major Cups races since then too” said Busuttin.

The long drought was broken on Saturday when the now 7 yr old gelding held out another local galloper Roi d’jeu, trained by Shaune Ritchie.

Just half a head separated the two gallopers over the 2100m.

Both horses moved themselves into Wellington Cup contention with their efforts.

“We’ll press ahead to that race next week now” said Busuttin.

The young trainer is hoping to emulate his Macau based father Paddy, who trained the mighty Castletown to win three Wellington Cups.

“Yeah it would be nice to win it especially with the family history there” he said.

And just to rub salt into the wounds, guess what that Maori commentator backed in the Trentham Stakes?

Yep…….. Roi d’jeu!!


The Busuttin/ Young partnership also saddled up Star Of Show to win impressively at Counties on Saturday.

Star Of Show cruised to victory in the hands of apprentice rider Rory Hucthings.

“ He picked them up quickly when I asked him to go and won easily” said Hutchings.

Hutchings also rode Star Of Show to victory at his previous start at Ruakaka.

“He handled the rise in class easily and looks to have a bright future” he declared.

It was the 4th win from 16 starts for Star Of Show.


The other two Cambridge winners at Counties were Arcenceil and Mons Calpe.

Arcenceil, trained by Yves Sequin scored a comfortable win for Michael Coleman over 2200m. 

Settling behind midfield, Arcenceil quickly dashed to the leaders with 300m to go.

“She got a nice run and I was pretty confident turning for home” said Coleman.


Mons Calpe capped off some consistent recent efforts to score over 2100m.

Trained by harness racing legend Todd Mitchell, Mons Calpe proved too good for his rivals.

Rider Trudy Thornton set him alight with 300m to run, and Mons Calpe bounded up to the lead.

“Once he got to the front, he started to loaf but it was a good effort under 59kgs” said Thornton.

The win capped off a busy time for Mitchell.

“I drove at Alex Park on Thursday night, Otaki on Friday night, was here today, and head back to Otaki tommorrow (Sunday)” said Mitchell.


Good luck to all those involved with the upcoming Yearling Sales at Karaka.


I’ll catch you soon.