Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Doughty's $600 Buy Pays Off

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Doughty's $600 Buy Pays Off

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GOLD Coast trainer Kelly Doughty was at a tried horse sale when she spied one of many unraced horses being sold by Nathan Tinkler called, of all things, Doughty.

"As soon as I saw the name, I said to my husband Gary I was going to have a look at him," Doughty said.

"He was a real plain thing and had obviously just been brought in out of the paddock, but I decided to buy him and got him for $600."

Doughty (Tegan Harrison) took his earnings to just on $60,000 when he led the remainder of the field a merry dance for an easy, all-the-way win in the Barlow's Of Ballina Benchmark 70 (1300m).

That is the horse's sixth win from 21 starts and there are obviously more on the way.

It was also the third time Harrison has won on him.

"Tegan understands the horse," Doughty said.

"Whereas other riders might try and restrain him, she just lets him have his head and do his own thing, and he appreciates it.

"He is my horse and I have to admit, I spoil him rotten.

"That's one of the reasons he can be a bit of a handful in the barriers."

Doughty did play up twice, but once the field was released bounded straight to the lead and stayed there, leading at one stage by seven or eight lengths.

It only got better for Doughty when Main Street, ridden by Michael Hellyer, led all the way to win the Collins Hume Benchmark 60 (1900m).

"He cost $175,000 as a yearling as we got him for $5000 at a tried horse sale," Doughty said.

"I put blinkers on him for the first time today and it worked.

"We might nominate him for the Lismore Cup, but it might be too hard.

"We will think about it."

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AND so the good luck stories keep coming.

Gold Coast trainer, Kelly Purdy, paid only $1000 for Toshinaga as a tried horse and he won his fourth race for her when he came from last, under apprentice Cassie Schmidt, to win the Dingo Demolitions Class Three (1000m). …

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