Chris Maxfield hopeful Embrace The Pain can push him down the road to success on Ipswich Cup Day

Casual Fancy: Chris Maxfield with Embrace The Pain. Picture: Liam Kidston

Casual Fancy: Chris Maxfield with Embrace The Pain. Picture: Liam Kidston

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.

“It was just a random thing,” he said. “I had about $500 in my pocket and the mate I was travelling with knew Redcliffe so we moved there, I went through the local trainers’ directory and the second person I rang was Michael Lakey. I ended up foreman there after six months or so and we had a good run at the time, with horses like Risk Aversion, Gypsy Pearl and Rare Ruby.’’
Chris Maxfield with smart youngster Embrace The Pain, who has won two from two. Picture:

Chris Maxfield with smart youngster Embrace The Pain, who has won two from two. Picture: Liam Kidston.

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

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