Big Win For Big Knight

Dec 12, 2016

Big Knight wasted no time entering the winners circle for Mornington based trainer, Dean Binaisse, on Sunday winning the Tobin Brothers Class 1 Handicap over 1420m at Werribee in his first start for the stable.

The four-year-old son of Big Brown was formerly trained by Chris Waller but after some feet problems that then led to leg issues, a decision was made by the ownership group to give the horse a bit of a sea change.

After going through there options the seven owners of the horse, who consist of Western Australian train drivers in the mines, decided that the facilities at Binaisse’s Mornington property, including the state of the art water walker and close proximity to the beach, were a perfect fit for their horse.

“It was great to get a win so early in his prep as he is a horse that we believe will come into his own over 2000m so the win here was a bonus,” said Binaisse.

“Going forward with him we are planning on racing him sparingly over the summer months as we feel that with the feet and leg issues he has had the hard tracks won’t do him any favours.

“Full credit to the owners they have given me and open ticket with his programming so we will be looking to place him really well.”

It was a great ride from Noel Callow who summed the race up really well by going to the lead which isn’t exactly how Dean had instructed to ride him.

“Dean didn’t want me to lead on him but ah you know what, we’re about five (races) down and everything that’s led has won and I thought if you’re going to put yourself there then I’m not gunna fight you and he got his head across the line in front so I get away with it,” added Callow after dismounting.

He jumped away well and settled in the lead and then kicked away from them on the turn in a really well waited ride adding “they did put pressure on but I was always going to be hard to beat in the last bit.”

“He is a nice horse going forward and I would like to stay on him as he gets out to a trip.”

Big Knight had two lead up trials coming into his first-up run, finishing second in the first at Cranbourne and winning the next one at Stony Creek.

One of the owners Tracey McCarthey has built up a lot of experience with horses having worked in various different areas of the industry and selected Big Knight out of the Magic Millions Yearling Sale based on a system she has come up with based on mating nicks and crosses.

Big Knight has now started five times for two wins and a second with his other win coming in a maiden event at the Sandown Hillside track.