Welcome to the roller coaster ride which is horse racing.
We’ve probably been a bit spoiled with our early success in The Racing League.
While we certainly set the bar high, TRL has had the most remarkable success with our first four runners to hit the track all winning across three different states for their loyal owners.
But in this highly competitive racing game winning is certainly never guaranteed as owners in the Qld Rogues and Vic Husslers found out on the weekend.
On Saturday at Doomben, The Big Goodbye was looking for back to back wins but had to settle for a gallant third after he was stopped in his tracks twice with trainer Rob Heathcote claiming jockey error.
On Sunday at Donald Cup Day, Bellinger for the Vic Husslers was also a victim of an ordinary ride with trainer Ben Hayes less than impressed with senior jockey Dean Yendell.
Still both horses have pulled up well with The Big Goodbye now being aimed at either the Gold Coast (Nov 27) with Taylor Marshall probably taking the ride from apprentice Leah Kilner.
While the Hayes camp reports Bellinger has pulled up well and may well step up in distance to 1300 metres at Geelong (Dec 1).
The NSW Tycoons were actually allowed on track at Wyong to witness the first start of Penso A Lei for their team. Trainer Joe Pride delighted with her first-up fourth over an unsuitable 1200m and she’ll now go to 1400m in a fortnight before stepping up to a mile and beyond.
Keep an eye out for the debut of Hot Spring Gold for the Qld Rogues at Doomben next Wednesday (Nov 24). Trainer Chris Munce is happy with the way he has progressed since arriving in the stable.
The roller coaster of ownership never ends!