Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Short-course specialist Baz’s Moment continued on his winning way at Tara Raceway on Sunday when turning in a brilliant effort in the Formula 400 Open final (400 m).
With both Oh No Beta, the even money favourite, and Baz’s Moment chasing a hat-trick of wins, the race had the potential to develop into a match race after the pair drew ideally in boxes one and eight respectively.
And that’s pretty well how things panned out with box eight Baz, trained by Tracie Price, displaying too much early pace for Nicole Stanley’s Oh No Beta before careering away to a 2½ length win in 23.14 seconds.
By Swift Fancy out of Which Class, last year’s leading local dam, Baz’s Moment is raced by Price in partnership with Baz Bruce who acquired a share in the September 2015 whelping just prior to breaking-in.
The black dog, now with a record of 15 wins and 19 minor placings from 47 starts, has proven to be a successful re-introduction to the sport for the Kongorong-based Bruce who had previously been involved more than 10 years ago.
Meanwhile, Colden Star, another smart chaser with a similar record to that of Baz’s Moment, found winning form again when leading all the way from box one in the Gambier Vets Open Stake (400 m), eventually defeating Tiger Bite Turbo by 4½ lengths in 23.27 seconds.
Trained at Heathmere by Bea Bryant, the daughter of Collision x Express Links had been having only her second run in four months with Sunday’s win being her first since last September when she was successful over 410 metres at Horsham.