CRAFTY AND QUICK: Maryanne and Greg Gibbons with trainer David Reynolds and winning horse Crafty Aquila at the Mount Perry Races.
CRAFTY AND QUICK: Maryanne and Greg Gibbons with trainer David Reynolds and winning horse Crafty Aquila at the Mount Perry Races. Felicity Ripper

Race horse a Christmas gift that keeps on giving

CRAFTY Aquila was introduced to Queensland Country racing in just December of last year, and since then has given her syndicate six wins, four second places and a third.

She proved herself, and trainer David Reynold's eye for sourcing country racing horses, once again at the weekend when she took out the Evolution Mining Mount Perry Cup with a blatant win.

"My wife actually bought the horse as a Christmas present for me last year and she's been the Christmas gift that just keeps giving,” owner Greg Gibbons said.

Mr Gibbons and his wife Maryanne are part of a syndicate of around a dozen co-owners of Crafty Aquila.

They said they were confident that their horse, sourced from Victoria, would perform well in her sole race at Mount Perry.

"Her last three starts have been first, first then fifth and that fifth was on stand and she just didn't handle the sand,” Mr Gibbons said.

"But we knew today, given the condition of the track, that she was going to race well here today.”

The race was a BenchMark 55 Handicap with the horses racing 1400 metres.

Gambit and Fort Myer came in second and third respectively but Crafty Aquila had a strong lead, even to the layman's eye.

Mr Gibbons said Crafty Aquila was ridden impeccably by jockey Ms Leeanne McCoy.

"The strategy was to race eleven hundred metres just sitting behind the leaders and when we hit the home straight we would get in front and lead all the way home, and that's exactly how the race panned out,” he said.

"The plan was executed really well by the jockey.”

Aside from their win, the owners said there's always something magic about the Mount Perry races.

"It's pretty special here at Mount Perry races,” he said.

"It's always really well attended, a great atmosphere and a great day.”

Mr and Mrs Gibbons said they just recently bought another horse with the same stable.

"It's racing in a few weeks time so we're hoping for the same success.”


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