ALBURY reinsman Royce Gregory-Jack says a change of scenery has been the major factor behind Cloudy Beach’s recent surge in form.
The gelding made it back-to-back wins last night, with Gregory-Jack driving it to a commanding 4.6-metre win in the second race of the evening at Albury paceway.
Despite a modest career to date, Cloudy Beach ($3.50) hasn’t looked back since relocating from Wagga to the Border.
And, according to its new owner, sometimes a change is as good as a holiday.
“That’s what they say,” Gregory-Jack said after last night’s win.
“The bloke that had him before had always had him and I just think the different surrounds and training methods have helped him.
“We got him pretty cheap because he wasn’t going really good but in the last couple of starts he’s looked a new horse.
“We got him for basically nothing and the rest is history.”
After a scrappy start to the race that saw Danish King and favourite Find Time To Cruise effectively out of the race before it began, Gregory-Jack took the lead aggressively just over half-way and didn’t look back.
“I thought if I got in behind and settled I’d be in with a big chance but when the opportunity came to get to the front easily I thought the race was pretty much over by then,” Gregory-Jack said.
“He won by 20 something metres last time doing the exact same thing.”
Gregory-Jack said he would likely race the gelding at Temora on Saturday night.
“That’ll probably be his go,” he said.