Olly's A Star shines bright

Mar 23, 2016

By Hamish Geale, The Examiner

OLLY'S A Star vindicated his owners' decision to pull him out of a spell by taking out the $14,000 Foot and Playsted Handicap 1400m at Mowbray on Wednesday night.

The four-year-old had been itching to get on the track following a six-week layoff from competition, and put in a great showing with Daniel Ganderton aboard to pip Scouting Around by half a length.

Charcol took third while $2.70 favourite Elegatano finished fourth.

Longford trainer Alana Fulton said the gelding was a stable favourite.

“He's pretty honest, he puts in, he does his work pretty well and it's good to see him put it into action on the track,” Mrs Fulton said.

“He's just had a recent letup for a week but he didn't handle that spell very well - he got up to all the mischief he could so we had to bring him back into work and he just loves being around the stable.”

The two-time Launceston winner represented great odds for the punters, offering $12 before the race.

Mrs Fulton said the gelding would look to build on recent good form in the coming weeks, having recorded three placings in his last four starts.

“We'll just dodge along and find a race that suits him.

“He's just an honest little galloper, he's probably not an out-and-out superstar but he has a go and puts in so it's good for the owners.”