Being gelded leads to big form turnaround

DAYLIGHT SECOND: Corbie Jolt and Blake Jones leave their rivals behind on the way to a 12.7-metre win at Wagga on Sunday. Picture: Laura Hardwick
DAYLIGHT SECOND: Corbie Jolt and Blake Jones leave their rivals behind on the way to a 12.7-metre win at Wagga on Sunday. Picture: Laura Hardwick

A better attitude has turned Stitched Up into a racehorse according to Bigga trainer-driver Dennis Picker.

The four-year-old scored an impressive win at Wagga on Sunday, overcoming a horror draw to win a Menangle Country Series heat.

Out of the draw due to his poor manners at the start, Stitched Up began from gate 11 but was still able to score in a slick mile rate courtesy of a powerful finish.

With the speed consistent throughout the race, Stitched Up ($13) stormed home late to defeat My Bettor Bella ($3 fav) by a metre in a mile rate of 1:57.1.

After coming third in a heat at Goulburn earlier this month, Stitched Up brought up career win number four.

Three of those wins have come in his last six starts and Picker believes having the son of Courage Under Fire gelded has made a world of difference.

“He’s really grown up this time in after a spell,” Picker said.

“He got gelded back in the spring time and it’s seemed to woke him up a bit.

“Now he’s coming to the races and wanting to do it.”

Stitched Up won’t start again until the $20,000 final on April 29, however Picker is hesitant to put the four-year-old back into the draw just yet.

“I think I will leave him where he is,” he said.

“I don’t think I can completely trust him off the front line.

“I’m 100 per cent he will get away from where he is now so it might be best to follow them through, not do too much early and see if he can get home over the top of them like he did today.”

Picker went close to a winning double with Rave On Rabbits narrowly going down earlier on the card.

Picker believes the three-year-old isn’t far away from a win after finishing third at Goulburn the week before.

“He is knocking on the door this fella and had big spell after his two-year-old season,” he said.

Another visitor took out the second $10,000 Country Series heat on the big 11-race card.

Goulburn trainer-driver Neil Day tasted success with Whos Driving.

Whos Driving ($12) was able to set off the hot speed to run down Hey Porsha ($2.10 fav) and win by a half neck.

He also claimed an extra $1000 for his owners after being picked out at the start of the card to be the jackpot horse.

Proving luck was on his side, Whos Driving was the third horse drawn out after the first two horses were scratchings.

Albury reinsman John Scott capped off the night by taking out the Easter Cup with Grinning Punter.

Freshened up after an arduous workload, Grinning Punter was given a fantastic trip by Scott just off the pace.

Able to find running room at the perfect time, he went on to defeat Burra Sullivan by 2.3 metres.