PIRATE’s Curse, who was set to become part of GRNSW’s adoption programme until being gifted to Nowra owner-trainer Darris Fahey, won first-up at Wentworth Park yesterday week.
After winning over 717m at Richmond in a blistering 42.02 on November 17, Pirate’s Curse was sent out a prohibitive $1.25 favourite for his 720m WP fifth grade.
Last to leave the boxes and sixth going through the catching pen, Pirate’s Curse reached fourth position on the home turn before powering along the rails to win by two lengths.
His time for the 720m was a mediocre 43.52, but Fahey believes the dog, who has now had three wins and three seconds from 16 races, will improve vastly.
“No matter what happens it is a far cry from Pirate’s Curse having been destined for a career away from the track, as a house pet,” Fahey said.
“I got the dog around 10 months back and am having a lot of fun with him.
“While Pirate’s Curse’s time tonight was slow he was strange to the track and was really spooky when I got him out of the car to be kennelled.
“I have no doubt he will derive a lot of benefit from the race night experience.
“The only time Pirate’s Curse had seen Wenty before tonight was when I gave him a post-to-post hand-slip.
“He ran home in a flying 11.50 in that hit-out and when he won in 42.02 at Richmond he was having only his second look at that track.
“Pirate’s Curse had a 535m trial at Richmond several months ago so had not been back there for a long while.
“His 42.02 run at Richmond equates to a 42.10 or 42.20 effort at Wentworth Park and I’m hopeful Pirate’s Curse can eventually get down to those sort of figures in town.”