Apr 14, 2014
Photo courtesy of Trackside Photography
After nine months out of the winners circle, Revitalise stormed back into it by winning the 1630m Powerade Class 6 Handicap at Doomben. Ridden by Meagher Racing apprentice Ashley Butler, the son of Bel Espirit was able to drive through gaps in the straight to end up a half-length clear on the line.
“ It is funny how things come around, as we used to pre train this horse for Lloyd Williams when he had him in Melbourne. He was a handful then and still can be, although we have done quite a bit of work with him to settle him down and improve his manners. A lot of credit must go to our staff in that regard. It was a very tough win today, as he again over raced significantly in the early stages but still managed to finish the race off, bullocking his way though gaps in the straight. Ashley knows him very well and did a good job, getting him off the rail at the right time and forcing him to take runs in the straight. He is such a big, strong horse you have to stand over him and Ash was able to do that today.’ commented Chris Meagher
Dan Meagher was also full of praise, commenting, “We felt he would run very well today and it was great to see him back in the winners circle. Because of his size and temperament it is really hard to get him fit, but racing really brings him along. He had a decent blow after the race, so he will take quite a bit of improvement from it. He is very well bred and is a half brother to Caulfield Cup winner Falkner, so our plan will be to continue to step him up in distance, as we believe he will be much better at 2000m and maybe beyond. We would also like to thank the owners, led by Trevor Price, for giving us the horse to train. They put a fair amount of faith in us and we are glad we were able to repay them with a win. Judging by the way he went today, hopefully there will be more.”