Local thoroughbred owner Peter Webb finished 2019 on a high when his two-year-old colt Mr Cashman won first up at Mooney Valley on Saturday.
Debuting for astute Melbourne trainer Patrick Payne and ridden by Billy Egan, the Epaulette colt was very impressive in the 1200m Super Vobis two-year-old Handicap.
Mr Cashman was given a quiet sit before coming off the back of the early leaders to win comfortably by 1.8 lengths.
“It was definitely exciting, I bought the roof down at the (Tumut) Golf Club,” he laughed.
“A first up win like that on a Saturday grade, they don’t come much better than that.”
Mr Cashman is well bred, being out of Miss Piggy Bank, who was a $140,000 purchase and is a blue blood herself, being by Secret Savings and out of Fawayez.
The talented two-year-old was a bargain weanling purchase for Webb and Prime Thoroughbreds, at only $37.500.
This investment has already yielded a profit too, after connections collected $68,750 in prize money on Saturday.
It’s hard not to get excited when you unearth a decent colt, especially with previous winners of the same race including the likes of recent TAB Everest winner Yes Yes Yes and the well performed Tulip and Headwater.
“One thing Paddy (Patrick Payne) and Joe (O’Neill) don’t do is rush their two-year-olds,” he said.
“They take their time and think about the long haul.”
There is already a plan in place for Mr Cashman, with connections earmarking him a stakes runner or better as a three and four-year-old.
The young colt will now have a short let up before being aimed at the Talindert Stakes at Flemington on February 15.
Mr Cashman isn’t the only success Webb has had with Payne and Prime Thoroughbreds either, with Husson Eagle having amassed almost $1.3 million in prize money for connections.
“We didn’t rush Husson Eagle and this looks to be a similar story,” he said.
“It is hard not to get excited and think of upcoming races but I try not to get too far ahead of myself and take each run as it comes.
“I’m more of a conservative than an optimist.”
Husson Eagle is also due back racing soon, with some races being lined up for the middle of January.
The eight-year-old was below his best last preparation and connections will hope he can get back to his dominant best.
Webb also has other two-year-olds at different stages of their preparations and looks to be a busy owner in the coming months.