Druitt kicks off move with three winners

BRIGHT FUTURE: Mirrool trainer-driver Stephen Maguire guides Miss Elly May to a win at Wagga, her second of the season. Picture: Kieren L Tilly
BRIGHT FUTURE: Mirrool trainer-driver Stephen Maguire guides Miss Elly May to a win at Wagga, her second of the season. Picture: Kieren L Tilly

David Druitt had a day out on his new home track.

Druitt has just made the move to Wagga from his former base in Morundah and started with more than a bang.

He drove two straight winners on the eight-race card, Kamwood Izzy and Sunset Snoozzze, before winning the last with Im Tilly Devine.

All three are fairly new acquisitions.

Kamwood Izzy put in a big effort to bring up her first career win at start 19.

Breaking shortly after a start, she still proved too good for her rivals despite given them a considerable head start.

While it was an improvement on what was supposed to be her first start for Druitt, when she caused two false starts and had to be scratched at Leeton last month, the Wagga trainer knows she still has plenty to learn about the sport.

“She is her own worst enemy,” Druitt said.

“She has a lot of ability but is a slow learner.

“I thought I’d cured it (after Leeton) but I still have a few little issues.”

Despite some obvious problems at the start of the races, Druitt is quite impressed with the three-year-old filly.

“I like her, but she is green,” he said.

“She doesn’t know how to win which is just the opposite to the second one.

“She is a perfect little race mare who will be a honest, little horse.”

Sunset Snozzze enjoyed the perfect drive by Druitt.

Able to cross to the front from barrier six, Druitt then really backed off the pace and simply sprinted too fast for her rivals.

She went on to defeat Shes Gifted and Blissfulday, who couldn’t be split by the judge, by 4.6 metres.

Druitt thought she appreciated the easier company after some of her more recent starts in Victoria.

Im Tilly Devine then finished the day on the best of notes as she brought up her third win for Druitt after almost three years off the scene.

To cap off the win, Im Tilly Devine was the jackpot horse on the card.

Her victory pocketed Druitt, who owns the eight-year-old mare, another $800.

Junee trainer Terry Judd also enjoyed plenty of success on the card.

He finished with a double.

After a second on Tuesday, Navajo Rocky went one better with son Chris aboard.

He went on to defeat refused Service by 3.4 metres.

Chris was then on the well fancied Perfect Sign in the next race only to be upstagged by stablemate Our Buller Boy, who brought up his first win since September.

Navajo Rocky remains just off the pass in the race for Wagga Horse of the Year honours after leader Jessica Amber also tasted success.

She brought up her fifth win of the season on the track for Alfredtown trainer Jake Stockton.


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