Debut steeplechase win for Raisafuasho21 Jul 2019

Owner Ann Browne's decision to run Raisafuasho over the bigger fences proved to be right on the money with the rising twelve-year-old scoring his debut start over the bigger obstacles in the $10,000 Dunstan Feeds Maiden Steeplechase (3900 metres)

Recently retired trainer, who with her late husband Ken built a powerful jumping empire, sent her last few horses to other stables to be trained including Raisafuasho, now trained by Team Rogerson.

Rider Shaun Fannin bided his time at the rear of the field until making his move to the leaders at the 800m mark. After jumping the last on terms with favourite Ooee (A.Kuru) finished too strongly for a six and half length win. Willare (T.Moki) was second with a similar margin back to Ooee weakening to third.

“He’s a lovely jumper. Mrs Bowne said before the race, he likes being in the clear. It took me some time to find some room but down the middle when I got to the outside he was back on the bridle and just had to wait and when I let him go, he’s finished strongly,” Shaun Fannin said.

Raisafuasho winning time was 4:40.41 on a Heavy10 track.

“He never jumped a steeplechase fence until last week at home,” owner Ann Browne said.
“I kept putting it off running him in over the bigger fences. I wanted to make sure he was fit before I put him in one. He ran on well at his last start over hurdles, so this was the time to do it.”
Browne reckons she and her late husband has won over 740 races.
“I had been training for 60 years, so I’m just watching them now,” Browne said.

Raisafuasho has won eight of 66 career starts, with four wins on the flat, four over hurdles and now ticking one over the bigger fences. The last victory was three years ago.