Doubter Turns Believer After Narrogin Cup Success

19
Apr

In racing owners can often overstate the abilities and talents of their horses.
At times it requires the measured response from a trainer to temper their ambitions.
But co-owners Tony and Paul Noonan have unshakeable in their mare, Saxon’s Patch.
After time with Peggy Brown and Kevin McAuley they sent Saxon’s Patch to Gary Crispin with lofty ambitions.
In their judgement she had potential to tackle feature staying races including the Pinjarra and Bunbury Cups.
Despite setting the north-west circuit alight last year with four consecutive wins and a close second in the Roebourne Cup (2200m), Crispin remained sceptical.
However; after she posted an upset win at big odds at Ascot and took out the Narrogin Cup on Sunday, he concedes his original assessment may have been off the mark.
In a pleasant surprise the sceptic has turned optimist and is preparing Saxon’s Patch’s future campaigns with renewed confidence.
“If you had told me four weeks ago that Saxon’s Patch would win the Narrogin Cup I wouldn’t have believed it in my wildest dreams,” Crispin said.
“Paul and Tony kept telling me she had the ability and were aiming at big races, but in all honesty I couldn’t really see that happening.
“She had such bad feet when she arrived at my stable and that was the first thing I had to address and get on top off.
“It took a lot of time and patience and my daughter-in-law, Daniele, deserves much of the praise in the work she did.
“I don’t like to plan too far ahead in racing because anything can happen, but her performances has set up expectations.
“She will probably have a couple of runs this campaign and then return for the summer and maybe something like the Towton Cup.
“If she gets through that then you would have to consider having a crack and tilt at the Perth Cup (2400m).”
Saxon’s Patch, who lumped top weight of 59kg when she led throughout in the Narrogin Cup, capped a top day for Crispin after stable mate, Trifles, scored earlier.
It continued a hot streak of form for Crispin, who has trained 12 winners, five at city and seven at provincial level since the start of the calendar year.
The pick of the bunch, Volkoff, is enjoying a well-deserved break after a breakout summer campaign produced three wins and two placings from six starts.
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