Trix Of The Trade’s win in last Saturday’s Railway Stakes was the stuff of dreams.
Trained by veteran horseman Colin Webster, Trix Of The Trade blew them away in the $1.5m feature at Ascot, gifting Webster his second Gtroup 1 at the ripe old age of 82.
Jockey Troy Turner, who Webster mentored as an apprentice, stood tall in his irons in the dying stages of the race as the 47-year-old reveled in his second Railway success.
Adding to the romance of the story, Trix Of The Trade’s owners and breeders, Bill and Patricia Robinson, were also present on course.
Racing personality Campbell Brown loved everything about the victory, saying the story is one of the great stories of the spring.
“Colin Webster is the training story of the year, when Trix Of The Trade swept down the middle of the track and won the Railway, I must admit I didn’t know just how good the story was,” Brown told SEN Track’s Ladbrokes Spring Racing Breakfast.
“Since reading about the story, Colin Webster is the trainer, he’s 82-years of age, he’s been training for 63 years, he last won a Group 1 in the Western Australia Oaks in 1980, it’s been 42 years in the making to win his second.
“The owners and breeders are Bill and Patricia Robinson who are in their 90s, and obviously don’t get to the races all that often with their age but they were there on Saturday to celebrate the Group 1.
“Troy Turner, who rode the winner, was an apprentice to Webster and now his son Jordan is.
“That is just an outstanding story, one of perseverance, I think at 82 years of age winning another Group 1 is just one of the great stories of racing this season.”
After winning four on the trot in the Autumn, the Robinsons were met with several significant offers from big owners which they knocked back.
Ladbroke’s own Nick Quinn, who has been in the game for some time, went as far as to say that the Trix Of The Trade story is one of the best he’s ever heard.
“100%, when you look at the fact that it doesn’t matter if you’re a billionaire or a local breeder, you still get the chance,” Quinn said.
“They knocked back some serious offers from Hong Kong to keep this horse because they thought ‘we’re in our 90s, you can’t take it with you, we’ve got to enjoy this last horse and they’ve been rewarded with a Group 1’.
“Not only was it one of the best things I’ve seen this year in racing, it was one of the best things ever, it’s what keeps people loving the sport.”
Ascot will play host to Saturday’s Winterbottom Stakes meeting.
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