Trainer Travis Doudle could be forgiven for admitting to an affinity with anything with a New Zealand tag to it – both his longshot winners at Morphettville Parks were former Kiwis.
Jaguary ($17) floored many punters when it returned to the winner’s enclosure after a 1400m Benchmark 64 victory, then Not Usual Glorious ($31) delivered a knockout blow to land a 1550m Benchmark 68, accounting for Dr Dee and Echo Boomer.
While Jaguary has been in Australia since 2019 with mixed success after a winning patch of form on arrival, Not Usual Glorious has chalked up its first win and run on Australia soil.
Doudle bought his charge as a tried horse earlier this year after he had contacted a few agents about finding something suitable with some sort of form behind it.
Previously trained in New Zealand by Shane Crawford, Doudle paid $60,000 for the four-year-old son of Fiorente/Temper Tantrum.
“I was contacted to go over for the Karaka Sales (New Zealand Bloodstock) and I couldn’t really go and didn’t have any clients at the time,’’ Doudle said.
“I spoke to Seabrook (agent) to see if they could steer me into some tried horses.
“They rang me with a couple of horses I wasn’t super keen on but this one caught my eye. We have been sitting on him for about three months, just waiting for the wet tracks. Coming into winter he is a superior wet tracker.
“We have targeted this race for some time. When we get him out to a trip we think he will be a really good horse. I know he can get 2000m, hoping to get 2500m and maybe 3200m.”
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Progressive three-year-old filly Fall On A Star made it two wins in a row when it proved too strong for a 1300m handicap field. Ridden a bold ride in front by Kayla Crowther the $1.95 fancy held out Enchantingly ($41) and Bullet Kid ($16), giving the Phillip Stokes stable a race-to-race double.
Crowther also won on Not Usual Glorious.
Adelaide stable trainer Tom Stokes said it was a solid effort from their charge.
“It was similar to the win last start at Gawler and stepping up in trip so she got it a bit easy and found plenty when we wanted her to,’’ Stokes said.
“She has always shown us ability at home so we are happy with that.
“Hopefully she will just go through the grades and keep progressing.
“She is a quirky horse so we will take it quietly … Melbourne could be a possibility.’’
Originally published asDoudle doubles up with former Kiwis
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