Tuesday, September 18, 2018
It’s taken a while, but the local Longneck Racing Syndicate owned Addison’s Way finally broke through for her first Tara Raceway win when successful at last Sunday’s meeting.
Not that the 20-member syndicate, managed by Adam Mackereth, hadn’t enjoyed success with the former NSW bitch as she had previously won two races at Angle Park along with one at both Gawler and Strathalbyn for them prior to joining the manager’s kennels back in March.
But after running several minor placings at Tara Raceway for Mackereth, Addison’s Way found her way out to Worrolong and Steve Bartholomew who in 2015 had trained the syndicate’s Sir Stanley for two local wins over 400 metres.
Bartholomew also encountered a few setbacks with Addison’s Way, a daughter of Barcia Bale and the Victorian city-winning bitch Zoenah’s Entity, although after three recent consecutive minor placings the black bitch looked well placed from box seven in last Sunday’s Produce Store Stake (512 metres).
And after hitting the front going into the back straight she was never really going to be beaten, eventually running out a 1¾ length winner over Our Bro Pedro in 30.21 seconds – much to the delight of Mackereth’s family members on track, including wife Kerry and daughters Coco, 12, and Summer, 10.
It was also a big day for Bartholomew, Addison’s Way the first leg of what turned out to be a winning treble after Azumi Spice, a daughter of Cosmic Chief and Azumi Touch, and her younger half-sister Dusty Pearl (by Dyna Tron) were also successful for the club president.
Azumi Spice, a $15 chance, was particularly impressive, finding the front down the back straight and then powering away for a 7¼ length win in the Klaassens Contractors Stake (512 m) in a personal best time of 30.00 seconds.
The treble was Bartholomew’s first since Sunday, January 25, 2015 when he had won with Penny Blossom, Spangher and Sookie’s Lad – all members of the Premier Fantasy x Sookie litter.
Meanwhile, Azumi Spice has drawn box seven in the first heat of Sunday’s Mount Gambier division of the SA Country Cup (512 m) and Addison’s Way box four in the second heat.
The two heat winners will represent Mount Gambier in the $7375 final against representatives from Gawler, Strathalbyn and Port Augusta at Angle Park over 515 metres on Adelaide Cup night (Friday, October 12).