Some bush trainers opt to put big-name Sydney jockeys on to ride in Saturday’s Battle of the Bush final at Eagle Farm but Nanango trainer Glenn Richardson joked he never had the chance to put one on his mare Sweet Venom.
It’s not due to a Covid-19-enforced jockey shortage either.
Sweet Venom will be ridden by his wife Hannah, who happens to be one of the most sought after bush jockeys in the state.
The well-travelled mare is lucky to be in the race after only qualifying less than a fortnight ago in the last heat of the series.
Ironically, Hannah wasn’t in the saddle at Thangool where Sweet Venom defied her outsider status to book her ticket to Eagle Farm to race for $200,000.
But that is only because it was never meant to take that long to qualify.
“(Hannah) was offered another ride a month out and I said we won’t be going to Thangool, if she hasn’t qualified by then I will give it a miss,” Glenn laughed.
“Then there we are … I nominated, then accepted, then when she drew a gate I thought she could win this. Hannah was on another horse and this one won.
“I don’t think it would have been a popular decision if she didn’t get the ride this time on Saturday.”
Hannah Richardson (right) in the winner’s circle at Emerald.Source:News Regional Media
So how do the couple handle it when it goes pear-shaped on the track?
“We are a bit past that point, she knows if she hasn’t given one the best of rides so she doesn’t say much and I don’t say much either,” Glenn laughed.
“It doesn’t happen very often, we do race a lot in the bush and I am pretty happy to have her there so there is no reason to change it now.”
It will be Glenn’s third horse in a Battle of the Bush final after managing to qualify two in the inaugural running in 2018.
While he admits his two were possibly better horses that time around, he is more comfortable with the barrier on Saturday.
“We qualified two in the inaugural race then we had an emergency im the second year,” he said.
“We had no luck the first time, drew something like barriers 20 and 22 at Doomben.
“This one probably isn’t as good as the other two we had in the race even though she’s been consistent, barrier one will help her because she loves the fence and loves being covered up.”
Formerly trained by Daniel Bowman in Victoria, Sweet Venom made her way to the Richardson’s through some strong bush connections.
“The same owners have had her the whole time, one of the guys who lives in Kingaroy next to Nanango, he owns a B&B down at Warrnambool and he got to know one of the owners of Sweet Venom and they thought she had gone as far as she could down there so they sent her up here,” he said.”
Sweet Venom is rated a $41 chance by TAB.
Originally published asHusband and wife team chase rich Bush prize
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