Hulk gets 100 for Matthews
It was fitting that the Hulk gave coach Adrienne Matthews her 100th training success at Cambridge on Sunday.
Because not only has the veteran trotter been responsible for 8 percent of those career wins, he’s also a family favorite who holds a special place in Matthews’ unique training operation.
âHe’s like a pet and one of the calmest, kindest horses you can have around,â says Matthews, 42.
âBecause of that he is our son Millar’s favorite horse and the one he drives in the stable.
“So there was never much of a chance that he would be sacked or sold, even though he was going through a rough patch.”
Matthews must have watched from his home on the wrong side of the Auckland border as Fergus Schumacher guided The Hulk (Muscular mass) to win the R51-55 mobile trot with one head, unable to move to races like everyone else in the area.
âWe’ve had him since he was weaned and that’s basically how we run the team now,â says Matthews.
âWe mainly deal with horses bred here, the mares are full here (IA) and give birth here, so we have them all the way through, so all the wins are very satisfying.
âWe always take horses outside and often put other people in the horses we breed so they can enjoy the races.
âBut I’m lucky to be able to run the team like that and have 10 horses to work because Matt (Stormont, partner) has a real job,â laughs Matthews.
Matthews has been training fully “for about 15 years” after starting with his grandfather Cliff Thorburn, then working for Ken Sefonte, Ray Norton and a long time with Geoff Small.
“We have family involved now and I still love to train and we will put four full mares this season.”
The popular trainer’s milestone was the culmination of Cambridge’s Twilight program on which trotting races took center stage.
Cambridge trotting kings Graeme Rogerson and Dylan Ferguson secured a double trotting with Delson winning by six lengths and Funny Face by seven lengths.
The first trot that closed the program also saw a horse to follow in Del Shannon, a son of muscle hill winner well for pilot coach Nicky Chilcott who suggests the daring three-year-old has a bright future.
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