Coming of age for It’s A Battle

16 / 05 / 2017 Article by: Peter Staples
It's A Battle (Chris Graham) edges out Vallegrande (Siggy Carr) in the maiden-class one over 1650 metres in Devonpoort last Sunday. icon Click to enlarge

THE application of blinkers resulted in an impressive win by well-bred three-year-old colt It’s A Battle in a maiden/class one handicap over 1650 metres on the Luxbet synthetic in Devonport last Sunday.

It’s A Battle had paid the price for racing erratically at two of his three previous starts so trainer Barry Campbell called on a pair of shades to fix the problem.

“The horse cost himself a race by ducking in at a crucial stage of the race at his previous start so I put a set of blinkers on to try and straighten him up and it worked perfectly,” Campbell said.

“The horse has a bit of ability but he has a few tricks but slowly but surely we’re sorting him out.”

It’s A Battle ($4.50) showed great courage to win as he looked set to be clearly headed by the well-backed favourite Vallegrande ($3.80) but when apprentice Chris Graham called on Campbell’s colt for the big effort he lifted and went on to score by a comfortable margin.

It’s A Battle is owned and raced by professional photographer Bill Hayes who was thrilled with the win.

“Bill (It’s A Battle’s stable name) came back from the beakers in great order and full of himself but after he came back from a spell he had changed and nobody could get near him,” Hayes said.

“A great deal of his improvement has to do with Ellie Woodhouse who works for Barry (Campbell) and apprentice Chris Graham who has been riding him in all of his trackwork and he gets on great with the horse.”

Watch It’s A Battle’s winning run in race 3 last Sunday: