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Richards' Creswick afterthought pays off

Gordon Richards' decision to extend Gytrash's autumn campaign into the first month of winter paid dividends when the talented three-year-old trounced his rivals in Saturday's Listed Creswick Stakes (1200m) at Flemington.

Having initially intended to spell the son of Lope De Vega after his unplaced run in The Goodwood (1200m), the veteran Adelaide trainer instead headed east for a pair of Flemington straight-track wins.

In Saturday's $140,000 black-type feature, Gytrash settled handy to the speed and claimed the lead passing the 400m before extending under Craig Williams for a two-length win over Warrnambool filly Golden Halo.

Gytrash and Craig Williams, picture Quentinjlang.com


A delighted Richards said Gytrash would be given a short spell before returning to Melbourne for a tilt at some spring riches.

"I thought he'd come to the end of it but the race here a fortnight ago bobbed up so I thought we'd have a crack at that and then after he won, we thought we had to come back and have a go at this one as well," Richards said.

"That was his best run by far, he was exposed pretty early and usually when he hits the front he tends to float around a bit but the others struggled to get there.

"He'll have a short spell and come back for the Spring Carnival as a four-year-old.

"He's certainly a straight-tracker isn't he, that's two starts for two wins."

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