Cranbourne-based hobby trainer Rick Cashman flew the flag for the locals this afternoon when his horse Danman took out the last race on the card at Yarra Glen, the Robot Building Supplies Pace.
Superbly driven by regular reinsman Greg Sugars, Danman was able to find the position behind the leader in the run to the first turn and from there, the seven-year-old gelding was always travelling like a winner. Angled back to the sprint lane in the home straight, the son of Village Jasper finished strongly to overhaul the leader Sir Macs Man in the shadows of the post to win by a metre with the well-supported Most Happy Cullen holding down third placing.
“He lobbed into the perfect trail behind the right horse and finished the race off really well,” Cashman said after the race.
“He takes a little time to wind up but he really does do his best work in the last 50 metres of most races regardless of where he sits. Today Greg was able to sit right on the pace and even though he and the leader were inclined to run up the track a bit he did find the line well.”
Apart from Sugar’s masterful drive, Cashman attributed today’s win to a small gear change and the fact that his charge is getting back to full race fitness.
“I put the block blinds back on Dan toady and he was definitely a bit keener and sharper when it mattered. And he was away from the races for a month recently when I had a holiday in Bali,” Cashman explained.
“I don’t normally back him up as quickly as I did for this race but I just thought his last two runs might have had him somewhere near his best. “
Cashman has been enjoying his most productive season to date and posted his fifth win of the current season with Danman’s success at Yarra Glen.
The hobby trainer operates his small team from the Cranbourne Training Centre and manages to successfully combines his harness racing involvement with full-time employment in the government sector.
“I only work two at any one time and it’s been great to win with both my team this season,” Cashman said.
Danman looks destined to make the transition to metropolitan racing in the coming weeks after working through his country grades this season.
“I’ll definitely be looking for an M0 race in the next week or two and plan on racing him consistently in that company. Hopefully he can win at that level before too long,” said Cashman.
Danman has now faced the starter on 53 occasions and recorded 9 wins and stake earnings of almost $50,000 for his happy trainer and group of owners.
By David Scott
Photo: Claire Weston Photography