Four-year-old pacer Dansbro's stunning win in the Mark Gurrie and Associates Pace at Cranbourne on Tuesday night was his ticket to a well earned rest in the spelling paddock. And no doubt while Dansbro enjoys his time away frrom the rigours of stable life, his trainer Rick Cashman and connections will be counting the days to his return to racing.
As Cashman explained after the race "The horse has been up for some time and has been looking for the paddock but we wanted to win a race with him before the end of the season. As a four year old he was eligible for a $7,000 Vicbred first win bonus and we've landed that with just over a week to spare. He can go out now and have six to eight weeks off."
Dansbro is a half-brother to the handy perfomer Danman and was purchased by connections as an untried four-year-old at the end of 2016.
"Our group has had some fun with Danman and we were offered this horse for not a lot of money after Dan won earlier this season," Cashman said. "He'd only been broken in as a three-year-old and hadn't had another preparation when we got him so he's done a big job to come this far in a short space of time."
Dansbro made his debut at Kilmore a fortnight ago and finished ninth after breaking on the home turn when looking a winning chance in what can best be described as a real glass-half-full, glass-half-empty performance.
"Greg said he travelling into that race really well when he galloped so it was hard to know what to make of the run," said Cashman. "I made a small gear change and altered his shoeing ahead of tonight and came here hoping for the best. But I had no idea he would go that well and win as easily as he did."
"When he raced up to the leader at the 400 I thought he had the better of that horse. But I just couldn't watch and only looked up again when he got near the line. Greg said he raced much more tractably and so I probably didn't need to worry."
For the record, Dansbro came from last at the half mile to win by an ever-increasing 26 metres from the odds on favourite Flying Circles with Mikoney Courage a further 10 metres astern in third placing.
The win also broke a home track hoodoo for Cashman who was one of the first tenants of the Cranbourne Training Compex when it opened in 2012.
By David Scott
Photo: Claire Weston Photography