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The maddest horse in South Australia

BY Alex Marsh -
11 months ago Horse Racing

Runners run to the post at Morphettville (Pic: Getty)

Trainers can be a forgiving bunch, just ask Mount Gambier based mentor Lee Creek who saddles up long shot Darley Goodwood hope Casino Wizard.

"Yeah, he's very hot headed a real rogue," said a matter of fact Creek.

It's fair to say that Creek and Casino Wizard have rarely seen eye to eye, yet the pair have something of a love hate relationship that seems to pay off come race day.

"He put on a nice bucking display as a two-year-old and I came off and broke my pelvis which put me out of action for two months," Creek said.

"I'm still the only one mad enough to ride him."

Still Lee persisted, and the $15,000 Magic Millions purchase has redeemed himself time and time again over their journey together, earning over $400,000 in prizemoney and winning twice at listed level.

Casino Wizard is now one of the leading sprinters in South Australia despite his having a few quirks.

"He's been labelled as a rogue," said Creek.

"He has to be last into the barriers, he gets the ear muffs on race day as he's very reactive to noise, to keep him calm he goes out to to Squillani Park...


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