MICK Kent has many reasons to thank Queensland trainer Liam Birchley and Goldslick, winner of today’s Dover Handicap at Flemington, and is just one of them.
And, Danish Whiskey, a winner at Ballarat last November and today’s Domain Handicap, is another.
Both Goldslick and Danish Whiskey were sent to Kent by Birchley for different reasons and Kent gladly welcomed their arrival.
Both were the recipients of great rides by Brad Rawiller, who has now ridden 88 winners for the season after booting home more than 50 winners since mid November,
Kent said Birchley recommended that Goldslick come to Victoria and after a series of luckless runs for Kent broke through for his first Victorian win.
“At her first run she had no luck and her last two starts she had to go back from wide gates on tracks where you could not make ground,” Kent said.
“She came home her last 600 metres in 32 seconds both runs. I thought she came her with a great chance.
“When she landed on the fence behind the speed, I thought today was the day.”
Goldslick carried one bet of $10,000 each way at $6.50 with Sportsbet.com.au.
The four-year-old scored by half a length from Unchain My Heart, $61, with a long neck to Family Crest, the $3.40 favourite.
Danish Whiskey found his way into Kent’s care after she was banned several times for refusing to race tractably the clockwise direction.
“She was struggling to handle that way of going and was suspended four times,” Kent said.
“She hasn’t put a foot wrong down here. I should not have backed her up at the Valley last start, she’s not the mare.
“She has been to the water walker for a week and I told Brad that I thought the track had evened up.
“Drawn where she was I just thought she needed some cover and the right run. I just said ‘go back and see if you can get inside them, I think they’ll be getting off the fence and I think it is the place to be.”
Danish Whiskey, backed from $12 to $11, gained an inside run and was able to hold off the fast-finishing Minnie Downs, well supported from $11 to $8, to win by the narrowest margin.
Perfect Offering, $21, was a long neck away third while Folk Rock, supported from $6 to $5, faded to finish eighth.