BACK to back Maclean Cups. What a result!
If you've ever seen a group of owners whooping it up, Nautile's win in the $30,000 Maclean Bowling Club Maclean Cup (1400m) had it all.
The five-year-old gelding made sure celebrations would go long into the night after he swept to victory in the final feature race of the July Racing Carnival.
There's nothing like winning to bring out the best in racing folk and when you consider some of the lucky owners secured as much as 100-1, it's certainly cause for celebration. Nautile paid $49.40 on the NSW Tote and officially started at $31.
On TAB Fixed Odds Nautile was backed from $101 into $51.
Syndicate head and CRJC director Terry Green said there were "13 or 14 owners plus their families" in Nautile.
"We bought him in the Calcutta last night," Green revealed. "And I think most of the owners have had a bit on him each-way.
"We're only in it for the fun."
And fun it was, for all concerned.
For trainer Wayne Lawson, nicknamed 'Henry' to his friends, the upset win was especially pleasing.
Lawson will know his fate soon regarding his appeal against a 12-month disqualification imposed by stewards after one of his horses produced an elevated cobalt level. He's been under pressure, with his future uncertain, for many weeks.
"That was great," a smiling Lawson said straight after the win. "We set him for this race six months back. He's a great little trier.
"You always need luck in racing and we got it today. There's a lot of relief in this win."
Lawson also admitted backing Nautile.
"I was more than happy with the 100-1 they put up," he suggested.
Harking back to his problems, Lawson added: "You can only do your best and do things right. That's what I've always done but they (stewards) say I've done something wrong. We'll just have to see what happens but this might be my last winner."
Nautile was ridden to perfection by Allan Chau.
"I said to Allan bide your time," Lawson said. "Nautile put himself to sleep on the rails, there was pace on and everything worked out perfect. You beauty."
Nautile, who has a great record on his home track, scored by a short neck over Bells Of War ($5) with $2.20 favourite Murvate three-quarters of a length away in third.
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