Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Apprentice Billie-Rose Shows Her Versatility

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Apprentice Billie-Rose Shows Her Versatility

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GYMPIE apprentice Billie-Rose Derbyshire showed her racetrack versatility last weekend with two wins over the vastly different distances of 800m and 2200m.

Last Saturday, Derbyshire piloted Swish Wish to a five-length win in an 800m Esk Maiden and then 24 hours later won on Try Four at Caloundra over 2200m.

There was a bit of drama before Try Four ($2.10 fav.) reached the judge: the saddle shifted at about the 1800m, complicating the task of riding the horse vigorously.

Although under pressure, Try Four responded to hard riding to get home by 1 1/2 lengths.

Both gallopers are raced by the Huddys and are prepared by former Gympie-based trainer Col Williamson at the Huddys' magnificent Peachester Lodge training establishment.

Billie-Rose still claims 3kg at the Provincials (i.e. Cal.) but is down to 1.5 kg at country meetings such as Esk.

Eye for talent

BOTH winners were high-priced yearlings purchased by Graham and Linda Huddy at Magic Millions sales. Swish Wish (by Starcraft out of a Redoute's Choice mare) was bought for $100,000 at the 2013 MM sale, whilst Try Four (by leading Australian sire Fastnet Rock out of a Rahy mare) was knocked down for $400,000 at the 2012 MM sales.

He shows promise as a stayer, having won his last two starts at Caloundra over 2200m to add to a recent Gold Coast win over the same trip.

Swish Wish, a three-year-old filly, was having just her fourth race start in winning by five lengths at Esk.

Shooting for stars

GRAHAM and Linda Huddy are well-known owners due to the efforts of Shoot Out, who won about $3.2 million on the track for them with his 10 wins including five at Group 1 level.

The 2010 AJC Derby winner went on to win two Chipping Norton Stakes, the George Main Stakes and Caulfield Guineas at the elite level amongst his career total of 10 wins.

He was sired by High Chaparral from a Pentire mare and was a $15,000 purchase at the 2008 Magic Millions yearling sale. …

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