Priority (Michelle Wenn) marking a memorable occasion for trainer Scott Wenn when recording an impressive debute win at Ellerslie.
Te Aroha trainer Scott Wenn broke new ground when debutante Priority raced away with the D.J. O’Sullivan Salvor at Ellerslie today.
“That’s my first two-year-old winner and the first time I’ve won with a first-starter,” said Wenn. “I’ve only had one other two-year-old starter and that wasn’t until near the end of a season and ran third at Tauranga”
Priority, a strapping son of Perfectly Ready, produced a big effort to come from off the pace, push through a gap near the inside then kick clear to win by a length and a half.
“I wasn’t expecting him to do that today,” said Wenn.”He won his trial well enough but I was saying to the owner before the race that whatever he does today we’ll look after him and he could be a nice three-year-old.
“He’s a big two-year-old, over 16 hands, and I didn’t think he’d win today. I thought he’d need the experience.”
Priority, owned by Auckland real estate agent Ron Sadler, had won his only trial, at Matamata last February, when ridden by Wenn’s step daughter, Tayla, and was ridden today by Wenn’s sister, Michelle.
“Michelle was blown away by his run,” said Wenn. “You don’t often see first-starters win like that.
“He popped up as the gates opened and lost ground, then was racing greenly amongst them for the first time, but he finished it off well.”
Wenn is not sure what to do next with Priority, who won at odds of better than 20/1. “I’ll see how he comes through this race and work out whether to try him again or wait until next season,” he said.
The Real Deal, also making his debut, fought on strongly for second today, while there was a short neck to third-placed Midnitemagicman, yet another first-starter.