Winners keep coming for Liam Birchley
Liam Birchley’s stable has been depleted in recent times with four of his promising young horses sold to Hong Kong.
But it hasn’t slowed the popular trainer who likes to travel his horses and has produced two smart three-year-old winners in the past week.
Gun Case went to Coffs Harbour during the week and came away a winner while Headwater Country scored at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
The two won recent Doomben trials and ran up to those impressive efforts with the wins.
Birchley had Gun Case entered for Eagle Farm last Wednesday but took the colt to Coffs Harbour where he strolled home in a maiden.
“Gun Case had already been to Sydney for his only other start. But I wanted to toughen him up a bit and get him used to travelling,” Birchley said.
“A trip in a float to Coffs Harbour helped him mature.”
Gun Case is now likely to return to Brisbane for some three-year-old races before a possible trip to the southern spring carnivals.
Headwater Country is also likely to stay in Brisbane after his impressive win in the Flight Centre Hcp (1000m).
The Snitzel gelding is much travelled having run at the Gold Coast, Randwick, Warwick Farm, Canberra and Wellington during his last campaign.
“The travel seems to have toughened him up and he has come back a stronger horse,” Birchley said.
Breeder Peter Marshall, who also owns Headwater Country, is building a strong tie with Birchley.
Headwater Country’s win also marked a resurgence by jockey Larry Cassidy who has finally thrown off injury problems to be back in form.
Cassidy had two winners and a second from his three rides at Eagle Farm on Saturday.