By Jordan Gerrans
It was fourth time lucky for Nanango trainer Glenn Richardson and his mare Sweet Venom on Saturday afternoon at Thangool.
Richardson and his six-year-old had been here, there and everywhere over the last few weeks trying to crack a spot in the 2021 TAB Battle of the Bush Final.
The pair had been to Burrandowan, Jandowae and Gayndah before Saturday’s trip to Thangool, on each occasion running a competitive race, but without booking their ticket to the $200,000 Final on Tattersall’s Tiara Raceday at Eagle Farm on Saturday, June 26.
Richardson (pictured) thought Thangool was shaping as the most winnable heat of the four and his mare backed up his thoughts, shooting through a gap at the turn to score by almost two lengths.
The Richardson team have loved their BOTB experiences in recent years, having two from the stable go around in the inaugural edition, as well as having an emergency the following year.
“It was really enjoyable the whole week when we had two in it the first year, the barrier draw and everything that went along with it,” Richardson said of his desperation to get Sweet Venom in the Final this year.
“Horses like her, you do not get the chance to race for prizemoney like this very often.
“It was worth it all the non-TAB runs now that we are in the final now.
“She is a consistent mare and tries every time she goes out there, she is only a tiny little thing but she tries.”
Richardson has been training in a full-time capacity in recent years after originally starting out juggling a job on the local council around Nanango with his gallopers.
He was always going to end up in the racing industry with his mother and father both trainers and jockeys.
Sweet Venom was given a gun ride by hoop Michael Stephens on Saturday, finding a gap between the tiring leader Miss Bulitz as they turned for home and she never looked like being beaten from then onwards.
Richardson explained that the tracks of the three other BOTB heats he and Sweet Venom had attended did not suit his galloper as she likes to be ridden back and held up, before having one last shot at them in the straight.
As is the case with many country tracks around Queensland, they can be leader bias and tight turning, which Richardson thinks does not suit his mare.