Thursday, October 18, 2018
Veteran Charlton trainer Kevin Ashton has made a habit in the past of winning races at Tara Raceway with “discard” greyhounds – and generally at good odds.
His latest success came last Sunday at Tara Raceway when $23 chance It’s Magic, having his fourth run for Ashton and his second at the track, ran down Our Bro Pedro to score by a half length in the Produce Store Stake (512 metres) in 30.36 seconds.
In Ashton’s kennels since August, It’s Magic’s win – his sixth from 45 starts – last Sunday was his first since April when he was successful at Shepparton over 450 metres.
It was Ashton’s 16th success at Tara Raceway this year and has him currently sitting in 10th spot in the Ian Badger Leading Trainer award.
Speaking after Sunday’s win, he said it had taken a while to get the Peter Macleod-owned son of Fabregas x Katie Racoon going.
“To be honest, he showed me nothing early but after a run at Tara Raceway behind the finish-on-lure he seemed to gain some confidence,” Ashton said.
The 36 kilogram black dog will now tackle the 600 metre journey for only the second time in his career when he lines up in Sunday’s Winningformula.net.au Mixed Stake at Tara Raceway.