When part owner Scott Bryce nicknamed Copacabana “Barry” after entertainer Barry Manilow, i’m not sure he could of predicted how prophetic the nickname would be. Not only famous for his music, Barry Manilow also gained world wide notoriety for the size of his nose. Scoring a gutsy win in the Restricted Maiden over 1200m on Friday 10th March, the equine “Barry” showed just how important having this large piece of anatomy can be.
Being produced in great order first up and jumping from barrier 7, rider Michael Rodd allowed Copacabana to settle midfield. On the home turn the leading division went a touch wide, presenting a lovely rails run for Rodd to drive Copacabana through. What then transpired was a dogfight first of all with stablemate Athena, then with the fast finishing Justice Light. With a beautifully judged ride and Copacabana showing an enormous will to win, “Barry” stuck his head out when challenged on the line. After an anxious wait Copacabana’s number went in the frame. “Barry” had prevailed by a nose. A Big Beautiful Nose!
Gelded after his initial campaign, connections had to be patient as some extensive work needed to be undertaken by farrier Rory McDonald after his third race start. The time given for Copacabana’s front hoof to grow down again, also enabled him to mature both physically and mentally. A much stronger and powerful equine specimen greeted observers in the mounting yard pre-race, and he raced up to his looks. Rodd reported after the race, that he still has a fair bit to learn about this racing, but was extremely impressed by the way he fought to the line.
On track to witness the victory were owners Scott Bryce, Darren Heffernan, Ian Sanderson and Johnny Ng, with the rest of the owners watching on in Australia. Those on track were still there after the last race enjoying the spoils of victory. With a bit to learn, and expected improvement, it would appear that connections may well have some exciting times ahead with Barry.