SUCH was his focus on the task at hand Jarrod Alchin didn’t even know he’d just trained a Group One winner.
Sitting in the cart behind Tough Monarch at Club Menangle last night, Alchin was circling waiting for the field to be called into position at the start when he thought he heard his youngster’s named mention over the speaker in the distance.
Unsure if he heard correctly, Alchin then drove Tough Monarch to finish fourth from a 40-metre handicap.
It was only after the 2300-metre stand Alchin became aware of his victory.
“We were circling before the start and I thought I heard My Ultimate Levi mentioned a couple of times over the ‘PA’ so I said to David Aiken “I wonder if he won’” Alchin recalled.
“Then after the race I asked a friend standing near the fence as we were heading back to scale if Levi won and he told me he had.
“To be honest I was surprised as I didn’t think he would beat the favourite and was hoping he’d figure among the placings.”
My Ultimate Levi’s triumph was in the Albion Park Australian Pacing Gold Final.
Driven by Nathan Dawson, My Ultimate Levi was settled two-back along the pegs from barrier nine as $1.25 shot Cat King Cole led from the pole.
Brilliantly weaved through traffic around the home turn, the son of Betting Line sprinted to a two-metre win from I Am Sparta.
Harley Blue was a half-head away third.
Rating 1:55.6 over 1660 metres, My Ultimate Levi stretched his record to three wins and four placings from 10 starts for earnings of $71,540.
“I watched the replay and was pretty impressed with the way he finished,” Alchin said. “It was a perfect drive by Nathan.
“That will see him out for the season now and hopefully he can come back better again next year as a three-year-old.”
– Paul Courts