They’ve got their eyes on the future

November 04, 2017

Michael Cornish with Libertyís Warrior†JL

RACING isn’t easy knowing there isn’t a great chance of success.

But Echuca’s Cornish-Gaskin Racing is building to something special.

Michael Cornish and Donna Gaskin’s stable is in transition this season.

Their senior horses, including some of their champions, are retired.

So the attention shifts to fresh young horses.

These new horses, most younger than four, are training with an eye on future years of success.

‘‘We have 24 babies this season,’’ Cornish said.

‘‘It’s exciting though, it’s a charge of the new brigade.’’

Building towards the future means this season won’t be as strong for the champion stable.

‘‘It’s been a bit quiet result wise, but that’s to be expected with half a dozen runners,’’ Cornish said.

‘‘One of our fillies has run in third, the rest have been trialling really well, so it’s about watching them come through.

‘‘In another three months or so, you’ll start to really see some results coming out of them.’’

Cornish also said it was only a matter of time before the local racing saw what they had to offer.

‘‘We have a couple of really nice three year olds, even a couple of quality two year olds who are nearly ready to start racing, so hopefully we can get some strong results out of them.’’

While the season has started slow, the stable have maintained their presence around the racing community.

And this will not be changing as the Echuca Melbourne Cup Day event approaches.

The stable has three horses nominated for Tuesday’s Echuca races — Lady Toretto, Treasures Ours and Winters Day — but none are certain starters.

Nevertheless, Cornish will still be at the Echuca event.

Cornish has been involved in cup days across multiple clubs, including at Flemington for years, but still has the highest of praise for the Echuca event.

‘‘I’ve been to a couple of Melbourne Cup’s over the years. I’ve also been to a few of the events that we have had out here and I’ve also been to a couple of the events that are run at other clubs,’’ Cornish said.

‘‘Because of our size and the position in relation to other towns, this is the biggest and most enjoyable.

‘‘It’s great that so many people turn out, and the quality of the racing is fantastic, and I think that’s the most important part in relation to people coming along to the racing.’’

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