Hynam's Memorable Week

Byford trainer Craig Hynam completed a memorable week when veteran pacer A Boy Named Rosie scored a convincing victory in the 2130m Direct Trades Supply Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night to end a losing sequence of 24.

This followed a surprise victory by $28.10 outsider Sarge at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon which broke the five-year-old gelding’s losing run of 27.

Shannon Suvaljko took full advantage of the prized No. 1 barrier to guide nine-year-old A Boy Named Rosie ($4.10) to an all-the-way win at a 1.57.4 rate. The gelding dashed over the final 400m in 28.6sec. and finished a length in front of Rocknroll Whitby ($8), with Jack William ($7) a neck farther back in third place.

Suvaljko’s daughter Emily lodged a protest, alleging interference in the home straight from Rocknroll Whitby, who was driven by her uncle Callan Suvaljko. The stewards upheld the protest and elevated Jack William to second place. They ruled that Rocknroll Whitby shifted out with about 100m to travel, forcing Jack William up the track and then becoming unbalanced and breaking gait.

Callan Suvaljko was suspended for 14 days for causing interference.

A Boy Named Rosie’s win gave Hynam his first success in a city-class event since the gelding won by a head from Rocknroll Lincoln on March 29, 2018. This also was A Boy Named Rosie’s first win since he scored from Lightning Jolt at Pinjarra on August 12, 2019.

Hynam, who races A Boy Named Rosie in partnership with his partner Courtney Burch, has never lost faith in the gelding.

“I love him and he’s my mate,” he said. “He has been racing well; just check his past few runs, and he’s been running second last and breaking 27sec. quarters. It’s all a matter of barriers, and from No. 1 tonight he got his chance. I don’t work him hard and just keep him happy.”

A Boy Named Rosie, who won four times in New Zealand when driven by Dexter Dunn, enjoys racing and has earned $191,615 from 18 wins and 30 placings from 140 starts. He has had 77 starts for Hynam for five wins and 16 placings.

Hynam, who works as a furniture removalist, said that Sarge, a five-year-old Art Major gelding, had a lot more ability than he has shown. “We got a bit lucky at Pinjarra on Monday when the No. 1 horse (Beaudiene Western) was scratched and then we were able to come home along the sprint lane,” he said.