Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Full Credit to Direct Debit

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Full Credit to Direct Debit

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BEFORE a packed house of 2500 Ferguson Park racegoers including "Spiderman", old trickster Direct Debit wove his magic with a memorable win on Saturday in Gladstone's BM 70 Handicap (1000m).

Lumping 62.5kg and having his fifth official "outing" in the last month, by winning Direct Debit (John Stephens, $4.40) rightfully earned a mighty compliment from his Thangool trainer Jeff Rideout.

"I've been training for 27 years and I've never had a horse do what this fellow has done. He is unbelievable. He is tough and versatile and just thrives on racing and is getting cheekier and cheekier in his training routine," Rideout said.

Virtually flabbergasted Rideout went on.

"He ran third in the Thangool Cup over a mile on September 14 and then 10 days later was second at Rocky over 1500 metres after running off on a turn. The stewards made me trial him after that which I did over 970 metres at Rocky on October 8. Four days later ran he second at Gayndah over 1400 metres before a week later winning at Thangool over 1300 metres which was just last Saturday," Rideout extolled.

Rideout said given such a hectic travelling and racing schedule in such a limited timeframe, he had not planned to start Direct Debit at Gladstone.

"As you know I ride him myself around our property. The week before winning at Thangool he shied at everything including birds and since then has been worse. I was just trotting and cantering him around to freshen the old coot and he's keep kicking-up behind trying and trying to pig-root to get rid of me.

"I said that's it -- you are starting at Gladstone," Rideout laughed.

To say Direct Debit's racing schedule is unorthodox is an understatement as he has progressively worked back in distance from 1600 metres to 1000 metres at his last five starts.

On Saturday, Direct Debit (b g 7 Lion Heart (USA)-Cupro x Naturalism) was having his 16th start this campaign since resuming in May.

"I'm tempted to run him here (Gladstone) in a race over 850 metres on Melbourne Cup day but that might be a bit too cheeky. …

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