Powerful owner Max Whitby loves his racing and loves seeing his colours go round, but as in business sometimes you have to compromise about little things.
The silks have become the way for Whitby to show his racing interests by taking over the head and shoulders, while still also giving his partners their brand.
“I want people to know what horses I’m racing. That?means racing in my colours. But they can’t all be in my colours, I have found out,” Whitby said. “I had to compromise with [Neil] Werrett in a couple of horses and it is where I got the idea.
“We used his colours but I got the shoulders and cap to do the thinking and carry him.
“I have the [red and white checked] epaulettes, which are the feature of my colours, and now when my mates see them they know I’m in the horse.
“It is something we started with Neil but there are a couple more sets of colours that we are getting made up for other horses.”
The latest to wear bastardised colours is The Grandson ? who Whitby?races with Proven Thoroughbreds ? who will take his place in Newcastle’s repositioned Spring Stakes at Randwick on Saturday.
It is a race Whitby has?previously won in his colours with Savvy Nature in 2013.?
The Grandson is a son of successful stallion Savabeel and when Proven’s Jamie Walter?asked if Whitby, who owns Savabeel, was interested in a share a deal was done.
“I told him I knew the horse and liked him and the mare [Millililli], so I told him I would go in for a majority interest of 50? per cent and that I wanted it to race in my colours,” Whitby said. “I have known Jamie for a long time so it was good to go into a horse with him.
“When it won at Kembla last preparation my racing manager pointed out it was in Proven’s colours, so I rang and said,?’what the hell is?going on?’
“That’s when I got these colours made up and the first time we used them he won at Goulburn.”
Like many Savabeels,?The Grandson is looking for more ground, even though his wins have come at 1400 metres and 1300 metres in a four-start career.
Jason Collett rode The Grandson to his first-up win at Goulburn and retains the ride on the $26 chance in the Spring Stakes.
“I really like him,” Collett said.?”I know it was only Goulburn but he was very strong to the line under a big weight. The 1600 metres and further is going to help him and he isn’t out of this race on Saturday.”
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