It was an all Gundagai finish in the final race of Tumut’s Family Day Race Meeting, when Chase Archie sped to a dominant win in the Class 1 sprint over 1000m.
Trained by the team of David Blundell and Michelle Russell, Chase Archie scored by two and three quarter lengths to Tony Barton’s Hippeia.
Another Gundagai galloper, Ronnie’s Girl, which scored last start at Tumbarumba, finished well back in the field.
Chase Archie is a four-year-old with just the one win under his belt heading into Saturday, but nonetheless had to lug 59kgs around the tight-turning Tumut track.
Trainer Michelle Russell admitted the weighting system adopted recently by Racing NSW wasn’t suited to a horse like Chase Archie.
“He’s a little gelding, and he’s running around against horses carrying 54kgs,” Ms Russell said. “So it was a good win.”
Chase Archie will now be sent to the paddock for a spell, after a seven week campaign that was split up by a five-week freshen up.
He’d previously won at Tumut at the cup meeting in January and his physique seems suited to the small track by the river.
“He’s a gutsy little horse,” Ms Russell said. “He always gives 100 per cent. But there’s no point getting greedy with him and he’ll now go for a spell.”