Mick's Hustler back to his best at Sale
May 25, 2016
Returning to a happy hunting ground has landed Mick’s Hustler a strong fresh win at Sale.
Mick’s Hustler won his maiden on debut at the premier Gippsland track in February 2014 before running a solid second to the smart mare Miss Softhands at his only other appearance at Sale in December last year.
Mick’s Hustler competed honestly without breaking through for a win in his summer campaign before trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra gave the son of Magnus a break with an eye on a winter preparation.
The five-year-old’s latest preparation began in the best possible style when he finished powerfully to claim the Wilson Medic One Rising Stars BM 70 Handicap (1200m).
Ellerton and Zahra booked youngster Ben Thompson to ride Mick’s Hustler in the race restricted to apprentices but the promising rider was unable to claim, leaving the gelding to carry 59kg in the $30,000 contest.
Thompson took Mick’s Hustler back to the tail of the field but the pace was strong enough to allow the handy galloper to travel comfortably until the jockey sent him to the outside rounding the home turn.
Mick’s Hustler ran on strongly from the back of the field to swamp the leaders in the last 100m, getting home by a long neck.
“It has been a while between wins but he’s never run a bad race so it was great to see him back winning,” Zahra said.
“With his racing style, he needs the pace on and he got it here and he showed what he can do when things fall into place for him.”
Mick’s Hustler’s win was his third in 21 starts while the $16,500 winner’s cheque took his stakes tally within reach of $100,000.
Congratulations to Mick’s Hustler’s terrific band of owners and all involved with his latest success.