Witchachar Star wins Tobin Brothers Celebrating Lives Handicap: Post Race Trainer and Jockey Quotes

Trainer and jockey quotes after Witchachar Star takes out the Tobin Brothers Celebrating Lives Handicap at Sandown on Saturday.

Race Result:

1st: Witchachar Star (Chris Hyland/Beau Mertens) - $6.50
2nd: Agnelli (Chris Waller/Brett Prebble) - $7.50
3rd: Eaton (Michael & Luke Cerchi/Teodore Nugent) - $21

Winning Time: 2:36.52 Last 600m: N/A

Margins: Neck x 1-¼ Lengths

WITCHACHAR STAR winning the Tobin Bro. Celeb. Lives (Bm78) at Sandown in Australia.
WITCHACHAR STAR winning the Tobin Bro. Celeb. Lives (Bm78) at Sandown in Australia. Picture: Racing Photos

Winning Trainer: Chris Hyland

On today's performance: "It was a brave ride, I had my heart in my mouth for a little bit, but the horse just keeps fighting. He looks amazing. I sent the guys a video of him this morning in the sand roll and he was doing somersaults. It's just fantastic to get a horse like that trying his heart out."

On his record with tried horses: "We have a bit of luck with older horses and second-hand horses. If you place them in that modest grade early and they learn to get to win again, sometimes they can get back to dizzy heights. He was never at dizzy heights, but he's heading that way at the moment."

On winning rider Beau Mertens: "Beau does a lot of riding for me and I basically let him do his thing and more times than not he gets the job done."

Winning Jockey: Beau Mertens

On his mid-race move to take up the lead: "The tempo came really out of it by the time we hit the back straight and he gets keen as it is, he's quite a hard horse to get to relax and I could just see it not happening back there, so I popped out to give myself an opportunity to slide forward.

"It didn't take much to get there, he got there on his ear and lucky enough he was brave enough to hold on."

"He deserved that, it was a brave effort. Around the corner I thought maybe I was going to run a place and hold on, but he's a tough horse. He deserves the wins he gets."

On backing up in the Warrnambool Cup: "Now we're going to Warrnambool, I'm pretty sure, on Thursday and I think he'll be a good chance because he gives it his all. He's a great horse to ride."

On riding in the Warrnambool Cup: "I haven't, this will be a first. It will be something different, but I'm looking forward to it."

On dedicating the win to the late Peter Claridge on his birthday: "Unfortunately he passed away a couple of weeks ago, so I'd like to give my condolences to my partner Hayley Crane and her family, I know they're going through a tough time.

"He was one of my biggest fans, so I'd like to give that win to him."

 


Racing and Sports



Sandown-Hillside

Saturday, 30th April 2022

2
12:45
(local)

Tobin Bro. Celeb. Lives (Bm78)

Age: 3yo and up WT: 54.0kg Type: BM78
AUD $130,000
2400m TURF HEAVY
2
12:45
(local)
AUD $130,000
2400m HEAVY

Tobin Bro. Celeb. Lives (Bm78)

Age: 3yo and up WT: 54.0kg Type: BM78
FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 9. WITCHACHAR STAR (AUS) 6yo G
MYBOYCHARLIE (IRE) - WITCHUPONASTAR (AUS)
BEAU MERTENS
CHRIS HYLAND
$6.50
54.0kg
C F Hyland Racing Pty Ltd, M A Poes, Ms A M Purdey, J J Grant, M W Johnson, R W Ralph, Mrs F Ralph, J P Smith, Mrs N Barclay-Smith, T P Hynes, Ms K Hynes, C S Hanger, G F McDonald, S J McNamara, Mrs M R McDonald, J P Kelly, M J Hunter, M A Binns, J Ioannidis & Kool Kats (Mgr: M D Salisbury)
2nd 5. AGNELLI (AUS) 4yo G
WRITTEN TYCOON (AUS) - SIMPLY THE BEST (NZ)
BRETT PREBBLE
CHRIS WALLER
$7.50
56.5kg
Star Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd (Mgr: Ms D J Martin), Boeara Holdings (Mgr: Ms D A Dunphy), Paramount Racing (Mgr: Ms K M Wood), McLeish Family Racing (Mgr: D M McLeish), O Enriquez, M I Ive, Mrs R Ive, J F Hepburn, Mrs P L Hepburn, Mrs A M Howlett, Mrs K A Pailthorpe, R L McKay, Ms E Weston & J W L Tan

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3rd 10. EATON (AUS) 9yo G
HIGH CHAPARRAL (IRE) - CHORUS OF ANGELS (GB)
TEODORE NUGENT
M & L CERCHI
$21.00
52.5kg
Bulla Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd (Mgr: M E Ruff), Miss S Bridgland, D E Bridgland, Mrs C M Bridgland, P Rooney, Miss E Rooney, P Rooney & Mrs B M C Rooney

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4th 3. HARMYSIAN (GB) 5yo G
LOPE DE VEGA (IRE) - ADJA (IRE)
LUKE NOLEN
CLAYTON DOUGLAS
$8.50
58.5kg

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5th 2. EUREKA STREET (AUS) 8yo G
STREET CRY (IRE) - RATHSALLAGH (NZ)
LOGAN MCNEIL
J WARREN & D KRONGOLD
$7.50
55.5kg
6th 1. NORDIC PRIDE (AUS) 5yo G
ZOFFANY (IRE) - CENTASHANI (NZ)
PATRICK MOLONEY
BEN BRISBOURNE
$7.50
59.5kg

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7th 7. THE NEPHEW (AUS) 3yo G
WORDSMITH (AUS) - HUSSON'S KISS (AUS)
BILLY EGAN
PATRICK PAYNE
$5.50
56.0kg

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8th 6. BLANDFORD LAD (NZ) 6yo G
SAVABEEL (AUS) - STARYN GLENN (NZ)
MATTHEW CARTWRIGHT
PETER GELAGOTIS
$9.00
54.5kg

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9th 8. OH SO FAR (AUS) 4yo M
NEEDS FURTHER (AUS) - OH SO GOLD (AUS)
JYE MCNEIL
MICHAEL KENT
$8.00
54.0kg
10th 4. RUDIMENTAL (FR) 6yo G
MASTERCRAFTSMAN (IRE) - RUSSIANA (IRE)
BLAIKE MCDOUGALL
SIMON ZAHRA
$21.00
58.5kg

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