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Best day this year for time-graded regular
Monday, July 1, 2019
Rupanyup trainer Kath Brooks, a long-time regular at Tara Raceway time-graded meetings, enjoyed her best day at the track this year when Hopsing, Wynonna Earp and One Moore Page were successful at last Thursday’s meeting.
In fact, the treble was her first since September 21 last year when Hopsing’s litter sisters Love A Chat and Fairground, together with Ryben Bill, were successful at the Mount Gambier track.
Hopsing led all the way from box eight in last week’s Metal Worx Stake (400 metres), holding on for a head win over Tamika Bay in 23.79 seconds for the Blake brothers, Aaron and Calum, who race the black bitch under the banner of the Donkey Racing Syndicate.
By Fabregas out of 16-race winner Lolly Bale, Hopsing was purchased almost 12 months ago in a package deal with his sisters, last week’s win his first since returning from a six-month break after dropping a back leg muscle.
Wynonna Earp broke a long run of outs when leading all the way from box seven to defeat Rooster by two lengths in 30.64 seconds in the Produce Store Stake (512 m).
Raced by the Broke As Syndicate, which comprises Khris Blake and Brooks, the rising four-year-old’s last win had been in March 2018 at Gawler over 400 metres, Blake saying the giveaway bitch had encountered plenty of setbacks in her 52-start journey.
“There’s been injury and seasonal issues with her for much of her career,” he said. “But she’s now strung together a few runs so hopefully we might be able to step her up in distance because I believe she’ll be better suited over 600 metres.”
The December 2014 whelping One Moore Page, a nicely-bred giveaway daughter of Premier Fantasy and Back Page Lead, gave the Broke As Syndicate its second winner for the day when successful in the Gordon Refrigeration Stake (400 m).
Taking the lead off the back, the white and black bitch finished too strongly for Nitro Heroine and Big Kenny Bobo, scoring by 2¼ lengths in 23.45 seconds at what was her tenth win at start number 100.
Dunolly trainer Richard Boehm, after a treble last month with Supasonic Saz, Lil Black Jess and New Wave, landed a double last Thursday with Someone Blue and Honey Eclipse.
Owned by his breeder, Peter McDougall of Ouyen, Someone Blue was having his first start at the track for Boehm, another regular at Tara Raceway time-graded meetings.
By Barcia Bale out of Sugar Lips – a winner at Sandown Park and The Meadows – the blue dog had been in Boehm’s kennels for only a fortnight after having previously won two races earlier this year at Horsham.
And he quickly put himself in the race from box five, matching motors early in the Laser Electrical Stake (400 m) with another well-fancied runner in Akuma Fireball, before running out a three-quarter of a length winner over Banjo Fozz in a handy 23.35 seconds.
Banjo Fozz, whose last win was at Ballarat last September, was also having her first run at Tara Raceway. Following the race, the daughter of Banjo Boy x Fire Stricker changed hands and is now owned and trained at Serviceton by David Brodhurst.
Honey Eclipse, after three minor placings from four starts at Tara Raceway over 400 metres, broke through for her first win at the track when taking the shortest way home in the Trackside Meats Stake (400 m).
Away only fairly from box four, the daughter of Swift Fancy and Sandown Park winner Fantastic Nikita quickly found the rails and scraped the paint from thereon, eventually running out a length winner over Miss Adelaide, back after a two month break and not looking far away from another win.