Ollie The Third is first in the wet at Pakenham
May 07, 2017
Ollie The Third is a work in progress but the three-year-old underlined his potential with a strong maiden win in wet ground at Pakenham.
The Polytrack Maiden Plate was only Ollie The Third’s fourth start but the gelding relished the step up to 2000m and the heavy ground to score a determined win.
Regular rider Chris Symons was aboard the son of Uncle Mo again after the pair combined in three previous efforts over shorter trips and the experienced rider allowed the gelding to work into a good rhythm in the early and middle stages.
Ollie The Third had plenty of galloping when Symons pushed him to improve from the 800m before the staying prospect finished off strongly to score by 1 ½ lengths.
Symons was thrilled with Ollie The Third’s win, especially the manner in which the lightly-raced galloper finished his race.
“I suppose the wet track really helped him as well,” Symons said.
“I was rapt with him. He got into a nice spot, a nice rhythm and he’s a big lanky horse and I think the key was just to have him rolling into it from the half-mile.
“He had plenty of room but it was a hard slog up the straight. He has been a work in progress but I think he’ll run over further still. He really tackled the line well.
“I’m just rapt for everyone involved.”
Congratulations to Ollie The Third’s owners – the team at Epona Park – and everyone involved with the promising stayer’s breakthrough win.