Craig Stott is a trainer the average punter probably hasn’t heard too much of but he’s one to note down after Mystical Grey destroyed the field in the Spear Chief Handicap at Eagle Farm.
Yesterday some agencies had him as much as 40 to 1 and he was a horse that was barely mentioned in the lead up to the event.
He did turn a few heads in the mounting yard though and there was a late betting plunge on track bringing him down to a $10 chance.
When they jumped he was well back and caught three wide as Born To Rock led them into the turn.
The front runner didn’t’ look like slowing up in the early stages either with Mystical Grey almost the widest on track.
In the final 200m though Mystical Grey was flying and easily rounded up the leader which had had enough and was drifting back to them.
Once he hit the lead he was never going to be caught and he ran away for an impressive win and one which has put his trainer Craig Stott well and truly on the map.
“Easily one of the best things I’ve ever saddled up,” Stott said.
The win shouldn’t have been too much of a surprise to anyone as the horse has dominated field on the Sunshine Coast without so much as breaking a sweat.
“Great run last start, I think in his two previous wins his combined margins were 11 lengths so he’s a class horse,” he said.
Stott only owns a couple of horses and he’s a fan of this family with half sister Mystical Bell one to watch as she comes back into work next week.
Eddie Wilkinson was the man aboard the winner and while the run was probably not ideal, the class of the horse certainly showed through at the end.
“He won impressively at Caloundra last start, today he had a three wide trip but he had cover and he sprinted when I asked him to,” Wilkinson said.
“You’d really like to be one off with nice cover but three wide with cover is ok.”
He thinks the horse could handle a bit more of a trip in his next start and he’s another who was impressive with Stott.
“I think he’ll get mile and a quarter,” he said.
“The trainer said he’d win and he did.”
The second horse across the line was Silent Movie ahead of a fast finishing Tampiko in third.