Eddie Breaks Through

Jan 02, 2017

When successful Ballarat trainer Ken Williams passed away three years ago his family decided to pay tribute to him by racing their horses in his lime green/red cap colours... and those silks were seen on Beau Mertens aboard Murphy at Cranbourne on Friday night.

Breaking his maiden in the style of a horse with plenty more to offer, Murphy travelled nicely midfield, although wide at times. Stalking the leaders coming to the turn, he swung wide and was strong over the final 50m.

It was just start number four for the Amadeus Wolf (also sire of the stable's promising stakes placed galloper Amadeus) gelding who is yet to miss a placing - and there is more to come!

"He is a tough horse who had no luck last start," Beau Mertens reported, "and I think he can keep stepping up. He copped a bit of a bump on the turn tonight but picked up nicely and hit the line well."

Always having a good opinion of Murphy, Michael Kent has nursed the gelding back from tendon injury and his owners led by friends Wayne Belchen and Tim Porter have been patient.

The win was a particuarly exciting one for Wayne who also bred Murphy and who had most of his family on course to celebrate with him.

"That made it all the more special," he enthused.

Breeding horses from his Mount Buninyong property, Wayne is married to Ken William's niece and still has three of the late trainer's horses on the farm.

"It was Ken who passed his love of horses and racing to me so it's great to be able to win a race in his colours," he said.

An experienced owner, Wayne is fully aware of the many ups and downs in racing - in fact he experienced one extreme to the other just last week, losing a much loved broodmare just the day before Murphy's victory.

Murphy is the first horse Wayne and Tim have had with the stable - though they are also part owners of the talented import Coldstone who showed good promise in his debut campaign for us.

It is due to Beau Mertens that the horse is at Cranbourne, his father Peter Mertens (of course also a successful rider) leasing Tim's property from where he pre-trains.

Wayne and Tim have been impressed by Michael Kent's patience with Murphy and have been happy to give the horse the time he has needed.

And how did the promising young horse get his name? Easy! His nickname is "Eddie."