Brian Smith-trained gelding Hume has produced an upset victory to take top honours in the Group 3 Chairman’s Handicap (2000m) at Doomben today.
Paying a massive $51.00, the Zabeel eight-year-old peeled down the outside at the straight and produced a gallant effort to reign in eventual runner-up Ironstein.
It was the first victory since June 2009 for the experienced gelding and his trainer Smith was over the moon with the result.
“The owners I am glad they’re patient [because] I had so much faith in this horse,” Smith said.
“Eight-year-old or whatever he is, he doesn’t know it. I begged them to put him back, give him one more go.
“To back him up second up and win, I am just one proud man.”
It was a special effort from Hume who finished in spectacular fashion, running the final 600 metres in 34.72 seconds.
“I didn’t know, I couldn’t say he was ready for it but I felt in my gut,” Smith said.
“I’ve always been a gut feeling trainer and I just felt in my gut that he was ready.”
Smith will take some time to decide where to next for the now two-time Group level winner with one possible option the Group 2 Brisbane Cup.
Hume now has seven wins from 32 starts and today’s victory takes his total prize pool to more than $390,000.
It was a promising return for fellow Zabeel gelding Ironstein who had copped plenty of criticism for back-field finishes in his last three starts.
Gold Coast-based gelding Warrior Within produced a solid run from the inside barrier to finish third.
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Chairman’s Handicap 2012 – Results
|1||9||HUME (NZ)||Brian Smith||Scott Galloway||–||5||54kg||$41|
|2||2||IRONSTEIN||Gerald Ryan||Josh Adams (a)||0.8L||12||57.5kg||$6|
|3||8||WARRIOR WITHIN||Bruce W Hill||Paul Hammersley||1.3L||1||54kg||$12|
|4||4||SPECHENKA||Ben Ahrens||Ryan Wiggins||1.4L||6||54kg||$26|
|5||7||RUNDLE||Kelly Purdy||Timothy Bell (a)||1.6L||10||54kg||$26|
|6||5||COUNT ENCOSTA||John P Thompson||Jim Cassidy||2.4L||3||54kg||$7|
|7||3||SHUFFLE THE CASH||Bryan Guy||Jim Byrne||4.4L||13||54kg||$12|
|8||6||FANTASTIC BLUE||Paul N Nolan||Chris Munce||4.5L||4||54kg||$26|
|9||10||STREETS AWAY (NZ)||Alan Bailey||Glen Colless||4.6L||8||54kg||$4.80F|
|10||11||DIAGO||Liam Birchley||Brad Stewart||4.8L||7||54kg||$8|
|11||13||MARKED||Robert Heathcote||Larry Cassidy||4.9L||2||54kg||$15|
|12||12||HEAD NORTH||Alan L Jones||Jason Taylor||5.7L||9||54kg||$31|
|13||1||SIX O’CLOCK NEWS (NZ)||T Busuttin & N Young||Nash Rawiller||11.2L||11||58.5kg||$6|