May 19, 2014

Photo courtesy of Trackside Photographics.


Comacina kept his unbeaten record intact by surging to the line to win the Oscape Landscaping Class 3 Plate at Ipswich. Having now had three starts for three wins, the son of Dane Shadow was urged o, with cover, before running home strongly to land the prize by a short margin.


“That was an excellent win and this horse is doing a terrific job, he really puts it together on racedays’ and he should win a lot more races. It was special for me as I was apprenticed to the Meaghers’ and have just come out of my time; so this was my first win for the stable as a fully-fledged jockey. Hopefully there will be many more.” Said Ashley Butler after the race.


Chris Meagher said of his charger “ He is coming along in leaps and bounds and we think he is still probably six months away from being at his best. So what he has done so far has been a real bonus. You will see him winning some much better races down the track.”


“I thought it was a really tough win and he showed a good deal of courage. A lot of credit has to go to Andy Kermond, who has done a great job educating him and riding him most mornings, as he is not the easiest horse to get along with.” Commented Daniel Meagher.


“All the owners were here today and they carried on like he won the Melbourne Cup, so it was terrific for them and great to see the enjoyment that horse racing brings. I hope the win gives Ashley a bit of a leg up and some more opportunities now he has finished his apprenticeship. He is a good kid, works hard and rides really well so I hope that some other trainers will take a bit of notice and put him on a few” commented John Meagher.