HEISMAN yesterday delivered on a plan hatched three years ago – winning the Burrumbeet Cup.
Specifically acquired by Ballarat trainer Darren Weir and widely acclaimed media form analyst Deane Lester to win 2014 $15,000 Scott Petroleum Burrumbeet Cup, 1800m, Heisman ($1.60 favourite) had the feature event in his keep a long way from home.
He hit the line almost nine lengths clear of 2012 Burrumbeet Cup winner and pacemaker Tube ($8), with Quick Shakes ($3.20) anchored down by his top weight in third.
Lester only attended his first Burrumbeet New Year’s Day race meeting three years.
He was immediately won over by the event, expressing a desire to win the Cup.
In conjunction with Weir, Lester set about finding the right horse.
Lester said they had checked out four or five prospective purchases before sealing a deal on Heisman in August last year.
“I’d always liked him,” he said as the celebrations began to heat up trackside.
A six-year-old by 2004 Cox Plate winner Savabeel, Heisman was previously trained by Mark Young at Colac.
He had won two of 18 starts when he arrived at Weir’s Ballarat stable.
Heisman has now two of five starts for Lester, Weir and a syndicate of more than 20, including a group of Burrumbeet Park and Windermere Racing Club committee members.
Lester, who is wheelchair bound owing to thecongenital condition of spina bifida, said Heisman would now most likely go to the $15,000 Great Western Cup, 1850m, on January 14.
Lester, who is wheelchair bound owing to the
Tube led the five-horse field, with Red Royal on his outside, Heisman tucked away on the rails and Quick Shakes and Xavier side-by-side.
Heisman was always travelling comfortably for jockey Harry Coffey.
All he needed was a run and when it came with about 600m to go Heisman did not take long to put the race away.
The cup completed a treble for Weir and Coffey from Swan Hill.
Amaverde ($3.50) took out the in the Eureka Concrete Maiden, 1350m, and four-year-old mare Ellascent ($2.50 favourite) scored on debut in the Lucas Maiden, 1000m.