Monday, November 6, 2017
Leading trainer Nicole Stanley landed her 100th winner for 2017 when Rowchester Star scored a desperately close win in the Williams Crane Hire Stake (512 metres) at Friday’s time-graded meeting at Tara Raceway.
For Stanley, of Portland, the win was her 95th at the local track with five other winners coming throughout the year at Warrnambool and Horsham.
Raced by the Phil Forsyth-managed Red Card Syndicate, Rowchester Star showed plenty of early pace from box six to take up the early running but looked to be in trouble when the Kevin Ashton trained pair Mr Perfect and Dream Edition applied the pressure off the back.
And in a terrific three-way clash in the home straight, the son of Nolen x African Wave was able to fight back, defeating Mr Perfect by a nose with Dream Edition a further nose back in third spot – thus depriving the Charlton-based Ashton an ideal 72nd birthday present.
In Stanley’s kennels for all of his 78 starts, Rowchester Star, better known as a short-courser, has now won 13 races with Friday’s win his first over 512 metres in more than 12 months.
Following Sunday’s meeting, Stanley edged closer to 100 winners this year at Tara Raceway when Hit The Runway put in a big effort to win the Klaassens Contractors Stake (512 m) and bring up win number 96.
Hit The Runway, a brilliant 600 metre winner last week, found himself well back early in the four-dog field before working home strongly to wear down tearaway leader Solitary Lad to win by 1½ lengths in a best of day 30.11 seconds.