Loose Change takes Wanganui Cup, Shi Kin Fly (3) finished third. www.raceimages.co.nz
While there is generally an inkling as to which horse may have prevailed in many a close finish, the line-up of heads that appeared to reach to post almost simultaneously in the $50,000, Listed, Cambridge Thoroughbred Sales Wanganui Cup (2040m) required most, including the Judge, to take a second look.
In the wash up, Loose Change (6 B. G. Faltaat – Wyndam Starlette, by Volksraad) gained his biggest success by a half-head from Headsup (Thorn Park), with a nose to Shi Kin Fly (Shinko King), and a half-head to Four Good Reasons (Four Seasons) in fourth.
And, while there has obviously been dead-heats or tighter margins in a finish, the four-way outcome was a beauty, and would have provided punters on any one of them with plenty to yell about.
Impressive when winning twice over a mile in March 2009, Loose Change was first stepped up to a middle-distance at his previous start, by trainers David Haworth and Matt Dixon, when finishing second to Regal Governor (Deputy Governor) at Awapuni over 2100m.
With the addition of blinkers, the M Coppersmith, D McK Duncan, D R Haworth & D Redhill-owned galloper settled in seventh position before ranging four wide on the home turn, and he responded to the urgings of jockey David Walker to get home in the nick of time.
The win took his earning past $100,000 and he now boasts six victories from twenty-five starts.
While his dam was unraced, his grand-dam, Classic Venture (Bold Venture), won five times up to 1300m.
Readers of the local paper, The Wanganui Chronicle, were given a leg up by racing scribe Glenn Watson, who selected Loose Change to win at juicy odds of $9.00 & $2.70 on the NZ TAB.