Our Bee Jay dominant

JAMIE SEARLE
Last updated 05:00 17/02/2014

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Our Bee Jay, winner of Saturday's Southland Times-Invercargill Gold Cup, is a proud cut.

He is registered as a gelding, but when castrated as a young horse, part of a testicle remained inadvertently. It enables Our Bee Jay to produce testosterone, which makes him a proud cut.

He's got a competitive nature, looks like an entire and occasionally bites people.

Ascot Park trainer and part-owner Lisa Vaughan said the 7-year-old Danske gelding strengthened and improved every year.

''I love him . . . he's my pet,'' she said.

Vaughan delayed her decision to start Our Bee Jay in the Cup until she galloped him up the front straight of Ascot Park on Saturday at 6.30am. Wind on Friday helped dry the track to a dead6 (easy) for racing.

The trainer won't race Our Bee Jay on heavy ground because it causes him to cut himself. He took up his usual pacemaking role on Saturday in the hands of Christchurch jockey Kylie Williams.

Our Bee Jay raced keenly for the first 900m.

''I gave him a breather down the back,'' Williams said.

''Down Findlay Road, I couldn't hear anything coming, but on the corner he spotted a broodmare and a coloured foal [grazing at the neighbouring veterinary clinic].

''I said to myself, 'pleased don't shy at them'.''

Our Bee Jay came into the straight safely and won by four and three-quarter lengths. It was Williams' first Invercargill Cup success and moved her career tally to 553 wins.

Vaughan owns Our Bee Jay with former All Black Simon Culhane, whose 10-year-old son, Benji named the galloper. When the gelding was a foal, Benji named him Bee Jay.

However, the name had to be extended to Our Bee Jay because Bee Jay had already been registered with New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing.

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- The Southland Times

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