Brett Cavanough may not have known a great deal about Four Beers Please before Monday, but he and many others learnt plenty about the cult hero at Dubbo Turf Club.
Purchased by Sportsbet and owned by a syndicate of 12000 of the bookmaker’s customers, the three-year-old filly showed little to get excited about in its first two career starts.
Prepared by the leading Canberra training team of Barbara Joseph and Paul and Matt Jones, Four Beers Please ran last on debut before finishing eighth in a field of 10 second up at the nation’s capital.ys get
After an online poll resulted in fans voting to send Four Beers Please to Dubbo for her next race, optimism around the filly was boosted when it was announced Corey Brown would be taking the ride.
The two-time Melbourne Cup winning jockey, who took out the famed race with Rekindling last year, produced a fine ride at Dubbo but it proved not enough.
Four Beers Please ($41) sat second behind impressive winner Stomp, trained by Cavanough, for much of the journey but ultimately had to settle for third spot.
Stomp ($3.80 favourite) won by two-and-three-quarter lengths while the fast-finishing Silk Topper ($10) got second spot in a photo.
A veteran of the country racing circuit, Cavanough did confess he knew very little about Joseph and Jones-trained galloper.
And while many have seen the Four Beers Please story as something of a gimmick, the horse’s name was also chosen in an online poll, Cavanough felt anything that creates interest in racing is a good thing.
“I don’t know much about it. I was a bit ignorant about it all but I was talking to Corey (Brown) and he was telling me about it,” the Scone-based trainer said.
“It’s a good syndicate, I think, and anything that brings people to the track is good.”