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Hopeland trainer Giles Inwood outlaid $4000 to purchase Disco Under Fire in February 2020, and the eight-year-old Courage Under Fire gelding is proving an excellent bargain.
Disco Under Fire caused an upset as the rank outsider at $102.60 when he stormed home from last to win the 2536m Westral Roller Blinds Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
This was his 58TH start for Inwood for a record of six wins, 13 placings and stakes of $70,355 to boost her career earnings to $137,768 from 14 wins and 48 placings from 142 starts.
Disco Under Fire was handled with aplomb by Jocelyn Young, one of seven different drivers to have handled the gelding at his past eight starts.
Disco Under Fire started from the outside barrier (No. 8) on the front line and was overlooked by most punters, with Inwood saying after the race: “I didn’t think he was a chance from the outside barrier, and I had zero intentions of earning a cheque. So, I am definitely pleasantly surprised.
“He is a real gentleman around the stables, and a week ago I changed his work and thought I’d try something different with him, and it has worked. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday I chased him around the paddock, and he loved it as he galloped around. I used to do the same thing with Jacobs Well (when he won seven races in 2008 and 2009).”
Young said that Inwood had suggested to her that Disco Under Fire had virtually no hope. “But the horse felt strong in the preliminary and I thought I would drop out and see what transpired,” she said.
Rock Me Over, the $3.10 favourite, dashed to the front after Joe With The Flow ($4.80) had led for the first 700m, with Disco Under Fire relaxing at the rear. Disco Under Fire was still last in the field of eleven with 580m to travel. Young then sent him forward and he went four wide on the home turn before surging to the front in the final 55m and winning by a half-length from Rock Me Over.