Sydney premiership winning trainer Chris Waller kicked off his 2013-14 season off on a high on Saturday taking out the quinella in the opening stakes race of the season with Coup Ay Tee defeating the highly spruiked Bayrir in the 2013 Winter Challenge.
Coming off a third to Under The Sun in the Winter Stakes at the same track two weeks earlier, Danske six-year-old Coup Ay Tee went out as an $9.50 chance in Saturday’s 100,000 Winter Challenge (1500m).
Enjoying a step up in distance and ideal barrier three draw the 54kg light-weight had everything go their way setting up for a tight finish.
Regular rider Jason Collett was also crucial to the horse’s success showing true grit to get them through the narrowest of gaps in the final 50 metres for the victory.
On the line the duo had a half-length to spare over their stablemate, French import and USA Grade 1 winner Bayrir, who jumped $3.10 favourite after a big betting plunge for their Australian debut.
“There wasn’t much room,” Collett admitted, as reported by The Daily Telegraph.
“But I had a lot of horse underneath me on the turn.
“I looked to come out then went to go back in trying to find some room. The horse was going that well he wanted to take that small gap.”
Finishing off the winning Winter Challenge trifecta just a long neck further away in third was then the Gai Waterhouse-trained early leader Kinnersley ($41) who had a lovely ride up front with Tommy Berry in the saddle.
Waterhouse’s other runner and one-time favourite, Winter Stakes winner Under The Sun, was then only able to finish seventh albeit just two lengths off the winner.
Waller was quick to credit the winning ride from Collett whose bravery paid off.
“There was no room for error,” Waller said.
“Full credit to Jason, that gap he came through was something to watch.
“It was like he took his life into his own hands – throw out the life insurance and hope for the best.
“Coup Ay Tee was obviously very well ridden and the barrier helped.”
Waller also wasn’t disappointed by the second place effort from the 59kg top-weight Bayrir who he is tipping to improve heading towards some bigger spring options.
“Bayrir looked the winner turning for home, he was travelling so well, but was just missing that turn of foot,” Waller said.
“That turn of foot will come because he is a very talented horse and he had to carry a big weight today.”
See below for the full Winter Challenge 2013 results.
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2013 Winter Challenge Results & Finishing Order
Rosehill Race 6 – 03/08/2013
|1||8||COUP AY TEE (NZ)||Chris Waller||Jason Collett||–||3||54kg||$9.50|
|2||1||BAYRIR (FR)||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||0.5L||1||59kg||$3.10F|
|3||3||KINNERSLEY||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||0.7L||7||57kg||$41|
|4||10||PRETTY PINS (NZ)||John P Thompson||Jim Cassidy||1.6L||5||54kg||$18|
|5||9||LESS IS MORE (FR)||David Vandyke||Peter Robl||1.7L||9||54kg||$5.50|
|6||4||BOLD GLANCE||Norm Hilton||Tim Clark||1.8L||6||56.5kg||$13|
|7||2||UNDER THE SUN (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||Thomas Huet||2L||2||57.5kg||$4.80|
|8||6||DARCI BE GOOD (NZ)||Bede Murray||Ms Kathy O’Hara||3.1L||8||55kg||$26|
|9||5||IRONSTEIN||Gerald Ryan||Brenton Avdulla||3.2L||4||55.5kg||$51|
|10||7||WAZN (IRE)||Chris Waller||Glyn Schofield||6.3L||10||54.5kg||$10|