LOCAL racehorse owner-cum-plumber Mark “Chooka” Dean is on top of the world after his charge Alrouz scored at Cranbourne on Sunday at the choice odds of $17.
The Doug Harrison trained 5YO gelding took out the $30,000 BM72 event over 2025m with apprentice Jake Bayliss (a3) on board.
Dean has a strong affiliation with the Cranbourne trainer and has raced some handy gallopers over the years.
No doubt “Chooka” would have had all betting bases covered as the exotics on the race were huge, although he wasn’t giving anything away when he spoke to the Wangaratta Chronicle this week.
“I can’t tell you that, but it’s fair to say it was a handy win,” Dean said.
It was the gelding’s third win from his past four races at Cranbourne, but despite his good record at the track, Dean wasn’t over-confident heading in given it was Alrouz’s first run over 2000m in 32 starts and he had drawn barrier 12.
“We thought he would be able to get the distance, but the barrier was a worry,” Dean said.
“He had a wide barrier, but we figured if he jumped well then he was in with a chance, and that’s what happened.
“He got out of the gates well and went right to the front, and that’s where he stayed.”