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Ty gets to cheer from the stand
WINNING any race is always fun for an owner, but being on-track to enjoy the moment makes it extra special.
Just ask Brisbane-based owner Ty Wagstaff (pictured, third from left) who finally got to see one of his horses win when Tax Exemption ($4.60) scored impressively at the Gold Coast today.
Wagstaff is a member of the Ontrack Thoroughbreds syndicate which races the Alan Bailey-trained three-year-old.
“I’ve been involved in about eight horses over the past few years, including three with Ontrack Thoroughbreds,’’ he said.
“I’ve had an interest in five previous winners – three at Rockhampton, one at the Gold Coast and one at Gosford – but never had the chance to be there on the day to enjoy the moment.
“Fortunately, I was able to head down from Brisbane today to see this horse win. It’s a real buzz to actually to be at the races and cheer them home.
“And I only got into this horse about two weeks ago when a share became available and I’m glad I did because I think he has potential.’’
Ontrack Thoroughbreds managing director Grant Morgan said he was thrilled Ty and several other syndicate members had been able to meet up for the first time and see Tax Exemption win today’s Zupps Trucks & Buses Gold Coast QTIS 3YO Maiden Hcp (1200m).
“Ty also has an interest in another two of our horses, including Harada Bay who is trained by Trevor Bailey at Newcastle. Harada Bay won at Gosford in April but Ty wasn’t able to get down for that race,’’ said Morgan.
Morgan said Tax Exemption had been crying out for a dry track after his first two sound runs in unsuitable wet ground last month.
“Getting a firm track was the key today,’’ he said. “I thought he showed a nice turn of foot and should win more races but he’s earned a break now and will go to the paddock on Monday.’’
Tax Exemption was a $33,000 purchase by Ontrack Thoroughbreds at last year’s MM QTIS 600 sale.
Story: Neil Archer
Photo: Trackside Photography Pty Ltd