Makybe’s Nicely Bred Outrigger strikes for Sues

It might have taken 18 attempts, but there was plenty of back slapping and high fives when the Mark Sues trained Outrigger finally broken his maiden status at Sale last week.

The five-year-old gelding bred by Victoria’s Makybe is by Choisir and out of a Makybe Stud broodmare, Anjea (Purrealist).

After failing to flatter in a trial for Henry Dwyer, the gelding had two unplaced runs with fellow Caulfield trainer Byron Cozamanis before Makybe Stud’s Tony Santic decided it was time to sell.

Sues, who trains at Cranbourne and also breeds, bought the horse at an Inglis sale for tried horses and parted with just $3000 to seal the deal and then syndicated him to half a dozen loyal stable clients and friends who have waited patiently for 15 months to have their big day.

In the meantime, Flemington trainer Danny O’Brien paid $75,000 for a half-sister to Outrigger by Zoustar. Purchased at the Inglis Melbourne Premier sale in 2018, O’Brien’s now three-year-old
named Zoujea has won twice from her four starts.

Just three starts ago Outrigger stated at odds of $100 at Mornington, $5.50 at Wangaratta and then $50 when John Robertson rode the gelding to a 1.8 length win over the 1210m maiden race at Sale.

Sues said Outrigger was a lovely big horse whose career had been marred by a lot of little issues, rather than lack of ability.

“There have been rides, barriers and tracks and everything has to fall into place for him,” Sues said.

“It was very pleasing – finally.

“He had two runs with Byron Cozamanis and I liked his sectionals in those runs when he really had no idea what he was doing.”

“He was a big heavy horse and the first thing we did was to geld him when we got him and his first prep was really good, and while everything didn’t go wrong for him, it took forever to get him to the
winners circle.’’

Now with the maiden out of the way, Sues is confident of more success after working out the horse and keeping him at the 1200m trip.

He said Outrigger’s family also seem to be 1200m type horses, while the son of Choisir gave the impression he wanted to run 1600m but his only try over that trip on a soft track at Cranbourne was the first and only time he was tried over the journey after failing by 13 lengths.

The horse also despises soft tracks and Sues admitted Outrigger finished nearly 40 lengths last over 1100m on a soft 7 at Kyneton last November.

“Anything soft, which he hates, and he is the first scratched because it’s just a waste of time,” Sues said.

“We took him to Colac last year and we thought he was an absolute certainty and the track was a soft 5 in the morning and we thought it would dry out and it was down-graded to a heavy 8 after the first race.

“He just won’t stretch out on anything worse than a good 4. He is just an odd horse.”

Sues said Outrigger was from a nice family. The dam has a Deep Field two year-old filly and a yearling by Manhattan Rain.

He said he was surprised to buy him for just $3000 when he estimated he would have fetched around $5000 as an eventer.

“We bought him when Inglis still had the tried horse sales at Oaklands Junction before they had the online auctions,” Sues said.

“We bought two that day, Outrigger and Simkin, by Savabeel, off Peter Moody and they came home on a float together and Simkin raced first-up (from a spell) last Saturday and ran third and this one raced on the Sunday and won.

“It’s an odd coincidence that they came home in the float together and Simkin got beat 0.2 of a length so they could have won on the same weekend.”

Outrigger ridden by John Robertson wins its Maiden at Sale. (Leonie Grbic/Racing Photos)

Owned by Moody and trained by David Brideoake at his only start before being sold, Simkin has had 11 starts for Sues for a win, second and third.

After failing to come up at his three starts at the last preparation, a vet discovered a bone chip in the back of Simkin’s hind fetlock which Sues said was in an odd spot but luckily was detected in the x- rays and his comeback start was enormous.

Sues is looking for a race – and a dry track – in the week after Australia Day for Outrigger.

Sues has 11 horses in work at Cranbourne and is looking forward to the development of the foals he has on the ground by Victorian sires, mainly from Swettenham Stud at Nagambie.

“I have got a couple of nice Americain foals, I have got a mare in foal to Tosen Star, I have got a mare in foal to Sioux Nation and mare in foal to Toronado,” Sues said.

“I should have some nice horses in a couple of years.”

Sues said he has been in the racing game –on and off for 20 years – but has made big effort over the past six months to concentrate more on training horses and is building up his team.

“Hopefully we can get a few more results in the next couple of weeks,’’ he said.

Sues is no stranger to pressure noting that he previously worked for big corporations in procurement.

“There is a lot of pressure training horses because you don’t know when you next cheque is coming in,” he said.

“They are lovely animals, but gee they are frustrating and can test your patience.”

But Sues and his owners have shown that they have plenty.