Deserved win for Matty at Cranbourne

Oct 12, 2018

It took more than 18 months but Matty is back on the winner’s list after a determined success at Cranbourne.

Matty won his first three starts but a succession of problems kept the son of Nicconi out of the winner’s circle between February 2017 and the Mercedes-Benz Mornington Handicap (1000m).

Jockey Andrew Mallyon gave Matty the perfect trip in the small field, not allowing his rivals to dictate proceedings to him by getting the gelding travelling second, stalking the leader to the home turn.

Matty quickened well when asked to go by the leader at the 100m before drawing clear to score a strong win by three-quarters of a length.

Mallyon said he was confident of victory once Matty jumped cleanly at the start of the $30,000 race.

“Once he began well, I was pretty confident,” Mallyon said.

“I was able to get out of that tricky spot because I didn’t want to land in the box seat in a small field with a big weight.

“I was able to pop off the fence and be outside the leader and control the race from there.

“He got into a lovely rhythm, relaxed nicely and he was too strong late.

“He’s been a horse that has had a few issues along the way but he’s as honest as the day is long and he needed a bit of confidence.

“Hopefully he can take it out of tonight and go back on his winning ways.”

Matty’s Cranbourne win was the smart sprinter’s fourth of the lightly-raced five-year-old’s 10-start career while the $16,500 winner’s cheque took his stakes tally to more than $83,000.

Congratulations to Matty’s terrific and patient owners on their latest victory with the honest galloper.