Fullerton digs deep for hard fought win
A true test of stamina has seen the Nick Olive trained Fullerton come out on top when notching up his second metropolitan success at Canterbury on Wednesday.
Showing the full of benefit of a slight freshen up Fullerton was positioned beautifully off the speed by Glyn Schofield with fellow Canberra based trained galloper Prince Warrior setting a frantic pace in front.
Making the turn for home Fullerton appeared to have the race well under control when he peeled off leaders back to hit the front before Black Jag fought back gamely to head Fullerton 100m from home.
However emphasising his willingness to win Fullerton rallied back strongly right on the line to edge out the Chris Waller trained galloper with the Gai Waterhouse trained Rockafellacentre two lengths back in third.
"I thought he was just going to stroll away for an effortless win and then at about the furlong marker I felt him come back underneath me and I thought I was on empty," Schofield said.
"But then as soon as he saw Nash [Black Jag] again he found a bit more and it was a comfortable win."
Having finished second on 13 prior occasions Olive admits he thought he was a beaten horse 100m from home.
"I thought at the 100m when he got headed again I thought oh god but he fought back and won well. "
"It was a great ride from Glyn [Schofield] today and it really proved the difference," Olive said.
Having proven too good fresh at Canterbury when saluting over 1250m, Olive felt he was simply a victim of circumstance in his last few outings.
"He's hasn't been ridden the best a few times lately and we just decided to give him a freshen up," Olive said.
"He races a lot better fresh and it definitely worked this afternoon."
Stepping out for his 38th career start the son of Fastnet Rock has now saluted the judge on nine occasions and has impressively placed a further 17 times, however Olive can't deny a few more wins would have been nice.
"It would be nice if a few more of his minor placings were wins," Olive said.