Gotta Take Care Goes Back To Back

Classy jumper Gotta Take Care made it back to back victories in today’s $100,000 Brendan Drechsler Hurdle (3200m), upsetting the Australian record run of ten straight victories for champion Black And Bent.

Appreciating the drying conditions, trainer Darren Weir said the eight-year-old would now try and also make it back to back wins in the $100,000 Kevin Lafferty Hurdle (3600m) at Warrnambool on May 30.

“This race and the Warrnambool race (the Kevin Lafferty) are the two that we’ve targeted for him; we’ll probably try and stay away from Sandown and the heavy ground,” Weir said.

“The credit’s got to go to the staff. They put a lot of work into his feet which got to be bathed and wrapped twice a day and he’s always getting cracks in them.

“When they got all the rain during the week and the track was heavy I thought we probably couldn’t beat Black And Bent and Brungle Cry, but when the ground got to Slow it gave us a much better chance.”

Settling at the rear of the field early, jockey John Allen made his move around the back of the course positioning Gotta Take Care ($6.50) within striking distance of the leaders and getting onto the back of the favourite Black And Bent ($1.90F).

Ranging up alongside the record breaking jumper on the home turn, Gotta Take Care jumped to the lead over the penultimate obstacle, before clearing the final hurdle with a two length break over Black And Bent and Wells ($3.80).

Despite a desperate surge over the final 100 metres by Wells, Gotta Take Care had stolen too much of a break and went on to record a 1.3 length victory, with Black And Bent a further 2.2 lengths away in third position.

The win took Allen back to equal second position on the Victorian jumps jockey’s premiership table alongside Brad McLean on five victories, seven behind the leader Steven Pateman.

Despite his first defeat over the jumps since the Grand National Hurdle (4530m) on August 30 2009, jockey Steven Pateman remained upbeat about the prospects of Black And Bent.

“It had to end one day but he still ran really well and on top the ground over that shorter trip against those horses it was bit more like a flat race

“He still felt like the same old Black And Bent giving his all so I’m looking forward to the rest of his campaign.”

Courtesy of Ben Asgari

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