FROM Boulia in outback Queensland to Royal Randwick and claiming yesterday’s AJC Australian Derby with star galloper Shoot Out, it’s been quite a week for Linda and Graham Huddy.”You watch these races on TV like everyone else,” an emotional Linda Huddy said as well-wishers and camera crews descended on the Randwick parade ring. ”You hope like everyone you can get a great horse and come down here. It is a dream.”Seven days earlier the Huddys managed to win all five races at the Boulia race meeting in their home state but nothing could prepare the owners of Shoot Out for what happened yesterday.”It is unbelievable,” said Linda Huddy, who found Shoot Out at a Magic Millions yearling sale and paid just $15,000 to buy the gelding.Usually the Huddys are racing at Mt Isa, where the wife is the treasurer and the husband is club patron, on a Saturday. The Huddys made their money via a trucking company and have a large team of thoroughbreds in training up in Queensland.After selling the trucking business they moved to the Sunshine Coast hinterland where they have set up a private training complex.Shoot Out is prepared by Gold Coast trainer John Wallace, whose decision to run in the Derby provided the Huddys with a $780,000 pay day.Wallace has declared Shoot Out the best horse he has trained.He had contemplated running his charge in next weekend’s Doncaster Mile but opted for the Derby.”I kept looking at the replay of the Rosehill Guineas,” Wallace said.”Everyone thought he was disappointing but the horse kept working to the line and didn’t get beaten far.”The final part of the Derby plan arrived with Wallace bowing to a request from jockey Stathi Katsidis.”Stathi kept telling me all the time to take the pacifiers off and it has worked,” Wallace said.Shoot Out was backed from $6 into $4.80 and was able to run down the Gai Waterhouse-trained Descarado, which also firmed when starting at $7.50.”I set him alight – they weren’t going that fast,” Descarado’s jockey Nash Rawiller said. ”I tried to make it a staying test, only from the 500-metre mark, I wasn’t going to be sitting there looking pretty.”The Victoria Derby winner Monaco Consul, which also won the group 1 Spring Champion Stakes at Randwick before heading south back in October, finish third.”[Jockey] Damien Oliver just said he wanted to lay out down the running,” Monaco Consul’s trainer Mike Moroney said.”To me it looked as if he proved awkward to ride out.”The Rosehill Guineas winner Zabrasive was sent out Derby favourite at $3.70 and after travelling in fifth place for most of a farcically run race could manage only fourth place. ”Full credit to the winner, he is obviously an outstanding racehorse,” Zabrasive’s trainer John O’Shea said.”My bloke needed a specific ride today and Hugh Bowman was unable to give it to him. For us to be in the finish he needed to be ridden aggressively like he was by Nash [Rawiller] in the Rosehill Guineas but it just didn’t work out.”The Bart Cummings-trained Australian Guineas winner Rock Classic raced up along the inside, which was deemed inferior ground, although the gelding’s pedigree suggested he wouldn’t run 2400m. ”He got a bit fired up and just didn’t stay,” James Cummings, who was deputising for his grandfather said.For Wallace there was no gloating about picking out Shoot Out at the yearling sale.”The owner picked him, I had nothing to do with it,” Wallace said. ”She is a good judge.”Linda Huddy remembers it well. The High Chaparral youngster walked into the ring and immediately caught her attention. ”I said to my husband he’ll be cheap, he is a stayer,” Huddy said. ”No one knew about the High Chaparrals back then. Haven’t they done well.”And haven’t the Huddys? Although Linda was concerned about yesterday’s Mt Isa meeting. ”I don’t know how they’ll manage without me,” she said while making sure the cheerios were sent via Channel Nine. ”I can’t believe this,” she was heard to say.
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