It may have taken a while for Whitemore to break through for his first win but with his seven placings in the lead up he had still been a fun horse for connections – and his exciting success at Pakenham on Wednesday evening made the wait a worthwhile one!
Start number 16 was a memorable one for all involved, Whitemore early in the straight looking likely to record yet another placing as Theme Park made a strong challenge up along his inside.
But our determined fellow was not to be denied and as the pair drew clear from the pack he dug in – Theme Park heading him on a couple of occasions, a challenge Whitemore seemed to enjoy!
“He was in for the fight,” said jockey Ethan Brown with the stable’s Jade Matthews adding that “he really fought to the line, there was no giving in there!”
And so Whitemore had his owners smiling as he got the upper hand late, showing the sort of heart that suggests he can now go right on with it.
“That will be really good for his confidence,” Brown said, adding that the swap from blinkers to visor proved wise – “once he saw that horse coming up on the fence he really wanted to fight on.”
Whilst it was not the plan for Whitemore to make the pace, Brown was content to let him slide to the lead in race without a great deal of pace on and it worked out well… “he got into a beautiful rhythm.”
Picked up by Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock at the 2017 Tasmanian Magic Millions, Whitemore is a son of the now retired Statue Of Liberty and the six times winning Baryshnikov mare Miss Barysh.
Also dam of the Tasmanian stakes winner Barysh Quest and grandam of the eight times winner Willby Rules, Miss Barysh – granddaughter of the Tasmanian Oaks winner Annie’s Pride – was served last spring by Needs Further. She has two yet to be named youngsters by Toronado.
Named after the hometown of his breeders, the Schuuring family (who retained a share), Whitemore was born and raised in the Meander Valley, home also to Tasmania’s major studs Armidale and Grenville. Nigel Schuuring is president of the Tasmanian Trainers Association, breaking in and pretraining for many of the state’s leading trainers – proud to have broken in the state’s current star Mystic Journey.