Loving a new shot at racing

Happy connections after Glenferrie Bazaar's win at Shepparton earlier this month. He backed it up at West Wyalong on Monday.

Happy connections after Glenferrie Bazaar's win at Shepparton earlier this month. He backed it up at West Wyalong on Monday.

The remarkable comeback of Glenferrie Bazaar continued at West Wyalong.

The Victorian visitor made it two wins in a row after a long break with a tough victory at the non-TAB meeting on Monday.

Moving to sit without cover, Glenferrie Bazaar ($1.70 fav) just managed to run past Chucky Balboa ($4) in the straight to win by a head.

The five-year-old had three years off the track before winning at Shepparton earlier this month.

Kialla trainer Stephen O’Donoghue believes he’s a prime example of giving horses a second chance at racing.

“It goes to show they can all get back whatever the reason was,” O’Donoghue said.

Picking up the horse for virtually nothing, O’Donoghue has been impressed with his efforts.

It’s definitely come as a surprise to O’Donoghue, after initially being used as a training aid.

“We’ve only had him in work for probably eight months, he was just sitting in the paddock looking after our weanlings and we thought we’d better bring him,” O’Donoghue said.

“We half trained him and used him as a pet horse really, a jog horse.

“We never really planned on working him, but he just kept better and better.”

Given two starts as a two-year-old, including a second on debut, Glenferrie Bazaar was sold as an older horse and O’Donoghue never inquired as to his history.

“He’s got funny ribs on him so whether something happened to him I don’t know, but his legs are good and he’s sound,” the said.

“We never planned on racing him, we planned just to have him around the place and tie the yearlings on the side as he’s a nice quiet horse.

“He’s a bit of pet and will only get better as he isn’t really hard fit yet.”

O’Donoghue is looking to win a NSW-bred bonus in the final and the chance to pocket an extra $3000 was the main reason for the trip.

It was the second attempt at the meeting after a mix up with the ambulance on Saturday.

O’Donoghue sent the horse to the races with reinsman Blake Jones and was pleased he didn’t have to make the trip north twice.

However he plans to return for Sunday’s Carnival Of Cups meeting.

The win qualified Glenferrie Bazaar for the $9000 final while O’Donoghue is weighing up whether to bring Shakahari for the main feature, the $12,000 cup.