Hometown cup wins are always the sweetest of wins for any trainer, owner or breeder and so it was in the Listed $120,000 Bunbury Cup over 2200m on Sunday. Chris and Jerry Stelmach forever ” Bunbury-ites” and Rangeview Stud’s Rob and Jody Gray now based in Burekup plus the other owners were all over the moon with COULEUR BIZARRE by SO SECRET out of Fine Memories winning this special Listed Cup race. Sitting one by one in the field for the journey and with great courage and understanding of the horse Shaun (Shooter) McGruddy sent him to the front just before the 650m.
It’s a long run home from there and COULEUR BIZARRE held off a courageous Cappo D’Oro who had been 3 wide all the race and wider again in the straight. Lots of hometown cheering and several lime green caps thrown in the air as McGruddy went across the line. Astute trainer Chrissie Stelmach has always done well with SO SECRET progeny and this horse is no exception- amazingly he was in his 19th start for this prep beginning 9 Sept 2017. Three thirds a second and two wins including the Bunbury Cup so far in the prep! but –also 8 fourths and fifths showing he is not only always thereabouts but he is always earning!
What a fantastic horse to own and really clever training to have him so right on this very special day after 18 starts. You can’t do that without a sound and willing horse and spending everyday in the paddock has been the key. Again the SO SECRET’S have such a great attitude. Huge Congratulations to Chrissie for the training and part owner Jerry Stelmach who manages the horses and their programming and all other owners, and great gutsy ride Shooter- doesn’t the photo say it all- we love it!