LOUTH Park trainer Ken Lantry can’t remember having five starters at one meeting before, and he was not counting on God I’m Hot being the one to deliver him a surprise winner.
But after eight months out, the five-year-old mare did just that at Newcastle on Sunday, winning for the first time in more than two years.
The $26-shot, carrying just 51 kilograms with apprentice Mikaylar Weir aboard, overcame a buffeting run from the inside rail in the 900-metre class one handicap.
She then burst clear in the closing stages to beat odds-on favourite Second Island by almost two lengths.
“She’s always shown us a bit of ability but she’s had a few problems and we gave her a good break,” Lantry said.
“We’ve nursed her along and we got the benefits today.
“She just used to jar up bad, nothing serious, but there’s nothing of her.
“She had to fight her way through and, to be honest, looking at the favourite, I told the owner to have the quinella.
“I hoped and thought she’d run good but I was a bit wary of the favourite. But she put paid to them pretty quick once she got through.”
Lantry, who has “about 10” in work, was now on the hunt for a suitable class two assignment for God I’m Hot.
“We’ll just play it by ear and hopefully pick the right one,” he said.
“She’s no superstar but she’s good enough to get another win.”
Josh Parr was the star on Sunday, riding three winners, including a breakthrough victory for returning trainer Kevin Moses.
Parr rode Royalty Rising to success in the first, a 2300m maiden plate, for Moses, who came back to training after a two-year break last December.
Moses, a three-time Sydney premiership-winning jockey, served a 12-month suspension for a cobalt positive and is back training at Randwick with Royalty Rising his only runner so far.
Parr also saluted on the Kristen Buchanan-trained Invincible Gangsta and James Cummings’ Durif.
The standout performance of the day came from All Too Hard colt Outrageous, from the Hawkes stable.
Top Victorian jockey Dwayne Dunn made the trip north to partner the Sires’ Produce hopeful, which came from the rear of the field in the 1300m 2YO maiden to get the better of Godolphin’s Tin Hat by a head as the $1.40 favourite.
Another breakthrough performance came from All Summer Long, which won the class four (1500m) handicap by almost seven lengths.
It was the former Greg Bennett-trained seven-year-old gelding’s first win in 21 months and came in his fifth start for premier Newcastle trainer Kris Lees.
Two-time defending Newcastle premiership-winning jockey Jeff Penza was a notable absentee after injuring his sternum in a fall from the John Sargent-trained Glasgow Grey before the first race.
The opening event was delayed while Penza was treated. He escaped serious injury but stood down for the rest of the meeting.
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