Artie’s Shore finally wins a Woodford Cup

Jan 05, 2018

WARRNAMBOOL galloper Artie’s Shore finally won a Woodford Cup at his third attempt in the $45,000 race on his home track on Sunday.

Artie’s Shore, who was heavily backed to win the feature race on the program, defeated Howard Be Thy Name by half a length with Floral Fever in third place.

Trainer Matthew Williams acknowledged the winning ride by talented jockey Damien Thornton in the 1700-metre race.

“It was a 12-out-of-10 ride by Damien,” Williams said.

“Damien found the right path on the track. I thought we were back on track following his last run at Pakenham.

“He was down in the weights for this race and I don’t think this year’s race was as strong as the last two years.”

Thornton said this year’s Woodford Cup was the right race for the seven-year-old.

“I knew I had to get Artie’s Shore off the fence after drawing barrier one.,” the young jockey said.

“The best going was out wide. I knew the going was better out wide so I just had to find the path out there. I was in well on the weights and thought with luck he could win.”