Ken Casellas | Photo: Hamilton Content Creators
Victorian-bred four-year-old Withoutthetuh was hopelessly hemmed in on the pegs throughout the final lap of the 2096m Intersport Slater Gartrell Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night before he took advantage of a narrow gap in the final stages and flew home to snatch a last-stride victory over the pacemaker Nearis Green, who drifted out in the home straight.
Nearis Green, second fancy at $2.80 from the inside of the front line in the standing-start event, won the start, with Michael Grantham taking the sit with the $2.40 favourite Withoutthetuh, with The Tiger Army ($9) in the breeze.
“Withoutthetuh has been flying and we were hoping to lead,” said trainer Michael Brennan. “He then just needed that split, and he got it, thankfully.
“Though leading was our first option, Withoutthertuh is an outstanding chaser; he’s electric. He is a very consistent horse with above average ability. He is a good stand horse, and as we saw at his previous start, he is a very good mobile horse (who led and finished a close second to Rockaball).
“He is probably a preparation away from making his way through to faster-class races. He follows speed very good, and he will enjoy those faster-class events.
“We bought him from his breeder Brett Bunfield, who has retained a share in the horse along with several long-term stable clients. When he came up for sale, I went to Victoria to drive him at Daniel Jack’s place, and I fell in love with him straight away.”
Withoutthetuh’s first 27 starts for Brennan have produced nine wins and 12 placings to take his career record to 33 starts for 11 wins, 14 placings and $94,728 in prizemoney. Brennan kept up the good work when he was successful with Told You Twice at Bunbury on Saturday night.