he Seymour combination of trainer Ray Plant and jockey Reece Goodwin delivered yet another win when the improving Cochin won his third race of the picnic season at Healesville on Saturday.TIM WOOD February 6, 2014 4:18am
Seymour's Ray Plant-trained Cochin, ridden by Reece Goodwin, took home his third picnic race win at Healesville Races on the weekend.
The Seymour combination of trainer Ray Plant and jockey Reece Goodwin delivered yet another win when the improving Cochin won his third race of the picnic season at Healesville on Saturday.
The former NSW galloper settled at the back of the field before he was let go by Goodwin around the home turn and then cruised to the line to win by three lengths.
Plant and Goodwin had been required to slightly alter their tactics on the horse after he put in an uncharacteristic poor run at Healesville last month.
‘‘When he ran over the mile here (last month) he couldn’t run out the full journey, so today we dropped him back to 1200 and just rode him cold,’’ Goodwin said after the race.
‘‘You just have to keep him rolling, rather than have him stop and start because he is a big striding horse.’’
A one-time member of the prestigious Darley stable, Cochin had his first few starts for Peter Snowden in NSW before they decided to put him on the market.
It was Ray’s son Ashley, a keen follower of the horses, who initially found the horse and recommended that the family purchase him.
‘‘I do a bit of form and he (Cochin) had shown a little bit in his trials up at Sydney and so I thought he looked all right,’’ Ashley said.
Ashley was on course at Healesville Saturday and was thrilled with Cochin’s win, particularly as it broke a long drought the Plant family had experienced at the venue.
‘‘We love it at Healesville and have always come here but we could never win for some reason,’’ Ashley said after the race.
‘‘So today we finally got the money and we are very happy to have broken the curse.’’
Cochin’s win at Healesville was his second in seven days — Goodwin also rode the horse to victory at Yea last weekend.
On that day, Goodwin was left with the dilemma of whether to ride for his father, who saddled up the five-year-old Marlly in the same race, or to stay with Cochin.
In the end, after getting that all clear from his father Barry, Reece decided to ride Cochin.
‘‘Dad had no dramas with that decision and Ray has really looked after me, so I don’t think he would have been happy if I had of jumped off,’’ Reece said.
The young Seymour jockey, not yet 18, has enjoyed an outstanding season of riding and is in fourth place on the picnic jockey premiership table.
‘‘Everything is ticking over nicely for me and Im racking up a few winners,’’ Goodwin said.
‘‘I don’t get too many outside rides, but I get a lot of support from Seymour trainers, which I appreciate.’’
With Cochin winning easily at the picnics at the moment, Goodwin feels that Plant may look at taking the horse back to professional level.
‘‘He’s going well at the picnics, so perhaps Ray will look at taking him over the border into NSW where there might be a better grade of race for him,’’ Goodwin said.
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