Patrick Payne breaks more TV remotes than most.
The churn rate, a running gag with eldest sister Therese when she worked as the stable’s PR manager, explains partly why sightings of Payne at the races are rare.
He will not be at Flemington on Saturday either, despite a strong hand including Rubisaki, All Of Brighton and untapped two-year-old filly Seonee among eight entries.
Rain, hail or shine, usually it is only yearling sales and inspections or clashing schedules, marquee races interstate for example, that holds trainers back from attending the Saturday city meetings.
For competitive beast Payne, the superstar former jockey turned astute workhorse trainer, the fact he still rides a lot of his own work and a hatred of losing drives the regular trackside absences.
“I’d say, ‘Therese, can you order another remote, please?’” Payne said.
“I’m a bad loser, shocking, it’s all right for me to throw the remote against the wall when I’m here but I can’t throw a tantrum on a racecourse.
“I watch (races) with nervous anticipation and I love it, don’t get me wrong, but I’m better off keeping away from the races.
“I go every now and then, but we start late, so I’m often still doing gallops at 12pm for the next few days’ runners. By the time we’re finished in the morning I’m often knackered.”
Patrick Payne admits he can be a “bad loser”. Picture: The AustralianSource:News Corp Australia
Payne has high hopes for Rubisaki (Race 5) and All Of Brighton (Race 8), the stable’s best chances on Saturday, which could put the latest remote at risk.
After winning six on the bounce to cap a brilliant three-year-old season, $1.2 million earner Rubisaki has mixed form after going off the boil last spring.
A slashing third in the Group 1 TAB Classic fuelled hopes, ultimately unfulfilled, of a big performance in the Group 1 Goodwood last start.
“I think it was more my fault,” Payne said.
“She had a trip over to Adelaide and we brought her back here (Plumpton, 40km northwest of Melbourne) because she liked the environment at the farm.
“We were extremely happy with her but I think it was too much for her travelling over there again and she raced (Goodwood) as plain as paper.
“She‘s had three weeks between runs, the races at her backdoor, she’s showing signs she’s going to run excellent.”
Payne’s other runners include Japery, Marcolt, Portland Jimmy, Lamborghini and Duke Of Plumpton.
Last start Flemington straight winner All Of Brighton finds another strong and incredible open Super Vobis Three-Year-Old Handicap (1100m).
The talented gelding, a lightning rod for publicity due to the name’s link to “Karen from Brighton” – socialite Jodi Grollo, who became a social media sensation during Melbourne’s lockdown last year – has clicked through the grades quickly, winning three of six starts.
“It’s nice they’re (media) getting a bit more relaxed about the name,” Payne said.
“It creates a little bit of interest and it’s an exciting part of racing to name a horse that you want.
“But he loves the straight and has thrived since his last run, no reason why he won’t run as well as he ran last time … winter is a great time of the year with him … we’ll be trying to make a hay in winter.”
Originally published asWhy ‘sore loser’ Payne shuns the races
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