More good news for Cambridge couple

The brown and gold colours carried to three Wellington Cup victories by Castletown were once again to the fore when Six O’Clock News landed the Group Two feature at Trentham today.

Castletown was prepared at Foxton by Paddy Busuttin to win the Wellington Cup in 1991,1992 and 1994 and the same stable colours are now carried by members of the Cambridge stable of Busuttin’s son, Trent, and his fiancée, Natalie Young.

Twelve months ago Six O’Clock News and rider Leith Innes had finished second to Spiro in the Wellington Cup and this time the placings were reversed with Six O’Clock News dominant over a truly gallant Spiro with The Jungle Boy third.

Six O’Clock News had ended an almost three-year drought when he took last weekend’s Group III Trentham Stakes in the hands of visiting Australian rider Nash Rawiller. His latest win had been in February 2009 when he won the St Leger Trial at Otaki.

“I can’t believe it,” said a highly delighted Young after the race. “We’ve been staying at the (David) Haworth and (Matt) Dixon stable and the horse has been working at the Foxton beach. He loves the beach and he’s really thrived.”

While there have been many knockers for Six O’Clock News, Young and Busuttin have believed in the talented stayer. “He’s my old favourite horse,” said Young. “Last year he copped the rain, but this year the track wasalright for him. He needs good ground.”

Punters were prepared to count the Trentham Stakes win as possibly a fluke and allowed Six O’Clock News to start at odds of 13/1 in today’s Wellington Cup, but one look at Zabeel gelding in the parade ring before the race and you knew he was ready for another big effort. His coat was shining and he truly stood out as the horses paraded for the race.

Innes settled Six O’Clock News in ninth spot three-wide, tracking Spiro, who was also wide. “He had a pretty good trip and I tagged onto James (McDonald, on the favourite Green Supreme), but at the 600 he wasn’t going that flash so I went around him,” said Innes. “He’s got to the front a bit sooner than I wanted and I was worried he would get run down like he did last year, but he’s won well.”

Innes was excited over the win and raised his whip in the air in triumph after passing the winning post. It was a lucky win for Innes as with Rawiller suspended, Jason Taylor had been called upon by Busuttin to ride Six O’Clock News, but he couldn’t get a suitable flight from Brisbane.

Six O’Clock News completed a hat trick on the day for Cambridge horses, following on from Say No More’s Harcourts Thorndon Mile win and Guns At Five’s victory in the Virginia Turner Summer Cup.

The seven-year-old has now won eight times and his two recent wins have added to a big season for Busuttin and Young, who earlier in the season landed the Group I Victoria Derby with Sangster.

“It would be great now if he can get the AJC Derby, too,” said Young, referring to Sangster’s autumn mission.