Like Old Man River, Chatswood’s elder statesman Racer’s Edge keep rolling along with winner after winner.
Having just turned 19, Racer’s Edge doesn’t cover books of a 100 plus mares anymore but is still popular with broodmare owners. He is far and away the most successful sire son of Rory’s Jester with 277 individual winners of 907 races worldwide. They have arrived a superb strike-rate of 58% winners-to-runners.
The latest Racer’s Edge to join the winners’ list is Sad Eyed Gentleman who scored a half-length victory in the Renew Your Membership Maiden (1800m) at Mildura on July 19. He is trained at Echuca by Michael Cornish for a syndicate managed by Norm Gaskin.
Sad Eyed Gentleman (5g Racer’s Edge – Dreamsville by Palace Music) is just about the biggest horse in training. “He’s been measured at 18.2 hands!”
Cornish said earlier this week. “He’s taken time to mature mentality but he’s starting to put it together now.”
Ten days after the Mildura win, Sad Eyed Gentleman stepped up to 2015m at Seymour, however, he didn’t handle the Heavy 10 surface. “He was checked at the top of the straight and lost traction,” Cornish revealed. “Being such a big bloke, Terry Barry said didn’t get balanced again until it was too late.”
Cornish will nominate Sad Eyed Gentleman for Heat 9 of the Murray Mallee Winter Stayers Series at Mildura on Monday week, August 19. “He will be competitive if it’s a dry track,” Cornish predicted. “He has an enormous stride so doesn’t really handle a slippery surface.”