Maitland Gold Cup 2017: Aussie Infrared makes long trip worthwhile with impressive winvideo

CHAMPION: Aussie Infrared. Picture: GRV


A 26-hour round tripwas made worthwhile for Victorian trainer Rosalyn Hume when Aussie Infrared overcame a slow start to win the group 2 Maitland Gold Cup (450m).

The $2.40 favourite, from box eight,was one of the last to jump on Thursday night but quickly made up ground to catch leader PanteraNera on the turn before powering to a 3/4-length victory in 24.94 seconds.

Aussie Infrared, which will target the Warrnambool Cup, was Hume’s first runner in the Maitland series.

Hume’s partner, Geoff Collins, a part-owner in Aussie Infrared, said the decision to make the 13-14-hour trip from Wattle Flat to Maitland came because of Michael Eberand. The Sydney trainer is also a part-owner of Aussie Infrared, which won its fifth consecutive race to take his record to 18victories and seven placings from 32 starts.

“We’ve never had a runner in it and never targetted it before, but the dog is part-owned with us by Michael,” Collins said while making the drive home on Friday.

“He likes to go to the races and see his dog win, so it was good.

“It was exciting and there was a good crowd. It was a great night put on by the club, so we enjoyed it.

“It was a good win.He was well boxed but you don’t carried away with your chances in that sort of field.

“You’ve got a chance but there are a lot of good dogs and you hope for the best.

“He didn’t come out of the boxes that well but he had room and used it to come down the outside with a good turn of foot, and he was pretty impressive.”

Pantera Nera was second and Cosmic Heir third. Richmond Vale trainer Jason Mackay’s Ando’s Mac was fifth after making a slow start from box two and Sawyers Gully trainer Terry Priest’s Wild Walter was last.