Local Cranbourne duo Terry Howard and Rick Cashman combined to win the McIvor Estate Pace at Kilmore on Tuesday night with consistent five-year-old mare Rosanna Raider.
The race was restricted to drivers with not more than 10 career wins and Howard, who trains a small team at the Cranbourne Training Centre, had no hesitation in putting his good mate Cashman up for the drive on Rosanna Raider.
“Rick and I train together at the Centre and often work together of a morning,” Howard said.
“Rick doesn’t do much driving but keeps his licence so that he can drive one or two of his own, mainly at the trials. Honestly, I think he rates pretty well against those drivers who only get in the cart on the odd occasion and it was a great thrill get that win with Rick on board – that’s the sort of stuff that will make for some great stories in the lunch room for a fair while.”
Cashman was obviously delighted to secure a rare race win and was grateful to Howard for his support.
“When Terry asked me to drive Rosanna Raider I had a quick look at the field and straight away I thought I had a realistic chance of winning,” Cashman explained. “The mare’s form has been really good and, apart from being drawn out wide in six, I was pretty confident that she’d be close up at the finish.”
“As it turned out the horse drawn in four was a late scratching and so we came in one spot,” Cashman said. “When the mobile left us there wasn’t much speed on the inside and Rosanna Raider was able to run to the lead without any trouble.”
“From there we didn’t cop any real pressure and ran along at a nice even tempo. I was sure we’d be challenged heading along the back straight the last time but when nothing came I reined her up at the 400 metre mark and pinched a break.”
“Half way down the home straight I was pretty sure we’d win and so I started to think about a little celebration,” confessed Cashman.
“On the line I gave a bit of a fist pump and wave of the whip. Normally that sort of thing costs a driver a fine but apparently there was a bit of carnage behind me during the race and the stewards had a few of the drivers in. I guess they didn’t get to me,” Cashman laughed.
For the record, Rosanna Raider scored a comfortable seven metre win on the line from the $2.10 favourite Sandoval with Cee Vee Vee filling third placing a further five metres away.
Howard, Cashman and Rosanna Raider will team up again in the last race on the program when racing returns to Cranbourne on Sunday afternoon. The first race on the seven-event card starts at 1:59 with the last to be run at 5:27.
By David Scott
Photo: Claire Weston Photography