John Bateman and jockey Billy Owen were the architects of a boilover result in Saturday’s Highway at Randwick.
John was quietly confident GREENSPAN was ready to fire in the 1300m event and his judgement was vindicated when the five-year-old gelding came from a midfield position to win at succulent odds of $26.
Third-up from a spell and drawn kind in barrier four, GREENSPAN put in the best performance of his career as he knuckled down to win by a long head – providing Bateman with his first Randwick winner and Owen with a maiden Highway success.
John’s milestone comes as somewhat of a surprise given that he has won several Highway races and a Country Championships Qualifier since taking out a training licence in 2014.
Fittingly, the win was for JB Racing’s biggest client in Proven Thoroughbreds which will be represented by another three John Bateman-trained runners at Friday’s Canberra meeting – NICCONITA, THE BLUESMOBILE and FIGHT FOR LOVE.
With fires continuing to ravage the state, a portion of the Hume Highway was closed on Saturday which left both GREENSPAN and his trainer stranded in Sydney for the night.
Fortunately, auction house Inglis came to the rescue, putting up John and GREENSPAN for the night before the pair safely returned to Goulburn early Sunday morning.
John would like to personally thank Paul Bandy from Inglis and the Australian Turf Club for their assistance on Saturday.