Cranbourne based trainer Scott Ewen combined with his much-travelled trotter Trouble Giero for an emphatic victory in the Gards Carpentry & Joinery Trot at Shepparton on Sunday night.
Heavily supported in betting, the eight-year-old gelding settled four back in the running line from his back row draw at the start. Ewen then bided his time before setting Trouble Giero alight at the 800 metre-mark and the pair sustained a long run to score a two-metre victory over Ero Carpe Diem and Kalarney Heidi in a 2:02 mile rate for the 2,190-metre event.
The New Zealand born son of Great Success started his racing career as a four-year-old for South Island trainer Brent White and built a consistent record of six wins and multiple placings before being exported to NSW to join the stables of Russell Commens in 2018. Unfortunately for connections, Trouble Giero failed to reproduce his New Zealand form across two seasons of racing at Menangle and Ewen ultimately secured the out-of-form gelding in 2020.
Whilst Sunday night’s success was his first since joining the Ewen stable, Trouble Giero has steadily been building a consistent form line and Ewen was confident of victory at this latest assignment.
“He probably should have gone close at Melton last start,” Ewen told trackside host Rob Auber post-race. “He galloped away from one and then did a good job to get as close as he did in a good field. He dropped back in grade tonight and I thought he’d be able to round them up late if he trotted all the way.”
Ewen only works a small team from the Cranbourne Training Centre but maintains a healthy strike rate as Auber noted after the race. “My partner Kylie and I do anywhere between six and ten but that’s about our limit. Kylie puts all the polish on the horses and when people say how well the horses look that’s all down to her.”
When asked about plans for Trouble Giero in the coming weeks/months Ewen was quick to nominate a possible trip to Mildura during the Mildura Cup Carnival in April. “We’ll be taking Bulletproof Boy up for another tilt at the Cup and this horse will possibly go along for the ride. The Trotters Cup might suit him if its not too strong. He might give them something to chase off the front row up there.”
In the meantime, Trouble Giero will his next start in a $10,000 race for trotters assessed NR52 or better at Cranbourne next Friday night when the club conducts its popular Tricodes meeting.
By David Scott
Photo: Claire Weston Photography