SA TROTS - Flahertys reward for patience

VETERAN horseman Barry Flaherty was rewarded for his patience Monday.

Having her first start from an 11-month spell – and just her fourth outing in more than two years – Orator was successful at Globe Derby.

Hampered by “bad feet”, the five-year-old has been limited to 11 outings, which have netted two wins and four placings.

“She is a pretty handy mare, which just hasn’t been able to stand up for a good campaign,” Flaherty said.

“I’ve been battling with her feet for most of the last couple of years, but hopefully I’m on top of it now.

“Twice I’ve had to put her out for a good spell because of quarter cracks, but I changed her feed this time and have been giving her hoof supplements to strengthen them up.

“She is doing well this time in and I can only hope things stay that way.”

Driven by Michael Smith, Orator worked overtime in the ‘death seat’ as Mister Cheese set the pace.

Bullocking her way to the front turning for home, the daughter of Well Said completed an impressive six-and-a-half metre win from the pacemaker.

Eugene Bromac was a half-neck away third in 1:58.5 over 1800 metres.

“She had trialled solidly before yesterday and her work had been terrific, so I was confident with her,” Flaherty said.

“There is no doubt she will be better for that run and can win a few more if she stays sound.”

Bred and co-owned by Flaherty, Orator is the only member of his stable, with the mare keeping the 74-year-old “active”.

“I’ve been doing this for more than 50 years and still enjoy working a horse,” Flaherty said.

“My father, Patrick, was good friends with Bill Millowick and I would go to his stable and help him, that’s how I got started.

“I only train one or two at a time to keep me active, but I’ve had some nice ones over the years.”

Story: HRSA Media

Photo: Walter Bulyga