LOOKSEA might have taken a big step towards a successful racing career after the Muswellbrook gelding won Friday’s $32,000 Woodie Wonder & OK Earthmoving Ron Martin Memorial Maiden Handicap (1000m) at Walcha.
The Pat Farrell-trained gelding son of Harbour Watch pinched the race when Greg Ryan booted the three-year-old clear racing up, down and around the Walcha hill.
He was always well-placed after drawing barrier one and finished a length ahead of the Tim Martin-trained Dance Hall Girl, who rattled home after being held up until well into the straight.
Looksea had seven runs leading into the Ron Martin Maiden and might have overcome a few issues, such as being barred from racing after a Gosford trial.
“He’s always shown a bit,” Farrell said after the win.
“Should have done better but been unlucky.”
He believes he will “go on” to win some nice races on what he termed a “bush crawl”.
Ryan, who has won a Ron Martin Maiden, said Looksea had the ability.
“He has been running a bit hot but settled a bit better today,” he explained.
“He got into a rhythm.
“He’s better than he has been, had a tough campaign.
“Been barred a couple of times, ran off the track and played up at the barriers.”