Subculture Wins over Problems

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Byline: TONY WHITE sport@dailyexaminer.com.au

RETIRED hotel industry purchasing manager Brian Hambleton savoured the all-the-way win of Subculture in Saturday's J Demmery Bus Service-Coutts Crossing Cup (1408m) at Grafton.

"It's always nice to win but especially for all the hard work Henry (trainer Wayne Lawson) has put into Subculture with his problems," Hambleton said.

Subculture, ridden adroitly by local apprentice Matthew McGuren, scored a strong win over Magic Reins and Silver Mountain, trained by Hunter Kilner.

Hambleton, a Grafton resident on and off for a decade since transferring from Coolum on the Sunshine Coast, races the five-year-old gelding with his son Craig, daughter Cherie, Lawson and his wife Paula.

The gelding suffers from a pedal bone problem that requires continuous attention. It's the same injury that resulted in the retirement of the promising Grenade, another Commands gelding Hambleton part-owned.

"He's gutsy isn't he?a a proud Lawson said after the win. "It's great for him (Subculture) to win and keep it locally.

"I don't want to sound like a whinger but the horse has had his problems, they've been well documented. You can't work him hard. He didn't even have a sprint up this morning.

"It's just good to see him winning."

For McGuren, back in Grafton after a stint in Taree, it was a welcome return to the winners' list.

"I was able to bring them back to a walk to the 600 metres," he said. "In the straight I just didn't want him to stop. …