Pacifiers and a slight change in training routine, saw three year old gelding Harveywallbanger notch up his first victory in Singapore at just his second start, in the $75,000 Restricted Maiden over 1200m on Friday November 3rd. Whilst the stable has always had a good opinion of the $45,000 purchase by Cliff at the 2016 Gold Coast National Yearling Sale, his highly strung nature had not made his early days in Singapore simple.
With a tendency to rush things and not settle in his work, Cliff quickly gave Harveywallbanger a short let after an initial 6 weeks of work in Singapore. This, as well as gelding him, slowly saw an improvement in his attitude and temperament, however he still had a lot to learn. His debut run showed that he would improve with race experience and with a well spaced out second assignment, Friday saw a very fit, well behaved Harveywallbanger who showcased his talent on race night.
Apprentice I Amirul, sporting partner Nick Johnston’s all Apricot colours, began brilliantly out of the gates, and under strict instruction quickly got The Wallbanger to settle nicely underneath him. Traveling sweetly to the turn Amirul pushed the go button at the top of the straight and a winning break was quickly established. Whilst the winning margin was reduced to a length on the line, the race was never in doubt from the top of the straight.
Harveywallbanger’s owners were spread far and wide throughout the globe on Friday night. Majority shareholder Greg Perry was home in Sydney celebrating his son’s last year 12 exam completed earlier in the day and Harveywallbanger provided a nice end to the evening. Nick Johnston a racing tragic, was in Delmar for the Breeders Cup, whilst both Cliff and Shane Tatham were also in Australia.
Perhaps the son of Casino Prince may develop a bit of a cult following with owners and happy punters sure to raise a Harveywallbanger or two at pubs and clubs after each success! With a fair bit of maturing both physically and mentally to come, and further honing of his racing craft, the fans of Harveywallbanger should look forward to quite a few more drinks.