Chris Maxfield hopeful Embrace The Pain can push him down the road to success on Ipswich Cup Day
BEING pinged by police for a minor traffic infringement is not the usual path into the thoroughbred industry, but young Rockhampton trainer Chris Maxfield could take that road to success on Ipswich Cup Day on Saturday.
Maxfield heads to the metropolitan area for the first time with Embrace The Pain, the lone horse in his stable, to run in the Bundamba Plate.
Maxfield was 14 before he had anything to do with horses.
“As a kid, I got a fine for riding my bike without a helmet. The old girl said I had to get a job to pay for it,” he said. “So I went to the local stable at Stawell and was given a start.’’
That stable was Terry O’Sullivan’s and Maxfield worked his way up to foreman before he moved north.
Maxfield’s next move was to Rockhampton, where he met Joe Ireland, part-owner of Embrace The Pain.
“I had been riding a bit of work up there,” he said.
“In January I bit the bullet and got my training licence and Joe gave me this horse to train.”
Maxfield had done all the educational and preparatory work with Embrace The Pain.
“He’s a casual bugger,” he said. “Everything’s a bit of a game to him. But in his first jump-out he won by about eight lengths, so we got a bit more excited about him.”
Maxfield’s first runner was Magic Twist, who ran second at Thangool, before Embrace The Pain romped home three weeks later.
“I tipped him straight out and I felt his first-up win this time in was better than it probably looked,” he said.
“Horses just seemed to be grinding that day but he was able to run the quickest final 600m and he was nowhere near being fully wound up.’’
Story courtesy Nathan Exelby Courier Mail http://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/superracing/chris-maxfield-hopeful-embrace-the-pain-can-push-him-down-the-road-to-success-on-ipswich-cup-day/story-fnii0njy-1227393738820