Bungaloo Danni’s all-the-way win over Aston Model at the nice odds of $16 in Thursday’s Winningformula.net.au Maiden Stake (277 metres) at Tara Raceway was the first for the Pure Titanium x Bungaloo Sunset litter.
And as far as Kongorong breeder-trainer John Little was concerned it had been a win more than five years in the making.
According to Little, it was an advertisement for a $500 unnamed blue bitch by Fear Zafonic out of Sun’s Up that caught his attention back in 2015.
“Sun’s Up had won four Victorian provincial races but what really took my fancy was that she was a litter sister to Shannah’s Star, who won her maiden at Tara Raceway and later a race over 390 metres at Shepparton for Mount Gambier owner Don Nunn.
“As it turned out, Shannah’s Star had also been mated with Fear Zafonic and produced, among others, Fear The Rascal, ultimately a winner of 23 races including the 2015 Christmas Cup at Tara Raceway. Shannah’s Might, a winner of 19 races, was another member of the litter.
“So I figured the unnamed bitch with the same bloodlines might be worth a try for $500. When I made contact with the owner in Victoria it was mentioned that she had refused to go a yard at breaking-in but I was quite welcome to have a go with her and pay if she ever won a race.”
Needless to say, she found her way to Mount Gambier but Little soon realised the previous owner hadn’t been kidding regarding her lack of interest in chasing the lure.
“I still vividly remember the first time taking her out to Tara Raceway one trial morning and watching her run the other way once the lure was in motion,” he said.
By July 2015, though, the penny had dropped, the blue bitch subsequently named Bungaloo Sunset and ready to race. Her first win was at her second start while her seventh and final win came in May 2016 when defeating a pretty handy type in Cryer’s Fred in a best of day 30.01 seconds (512 m).
It would be another three years before Bungaloo Sunset whelped what would be her only litter. During that time, Little came up with the little-known Pure Titanium – a son of Shiraz Point x Special Times – as his sire of choice.
“He raced on only 15 occasions for six wins,” Little said. “But he won at Sandown Park (515 m) in 29.38 seconds and at Bendigo in 23.65 seconds (425 m).”
Pure Titanium’s first of five litters to race is out of Cool Springs who has produced more than 60 winners. One of his unraced litters is out of Ultra High who raced on only five occasions for a win over 390 metres at Ballarat.
By the imported Bella Infrared out of Bella Rico, Ultra High is a litter sister to Hard Style Rico who won last night’s Melbourne Cup (515 m) in track record time at Sandown Park and took his earnings to $632,530.
As far as the 17-month-old Bungaloo Danni is concerned, it was a case of Little taking advantage of the weekly 277 metres maiden which is graded youngest-up. This made the black bitch one of the first to be included in the field given that the SA minimum racing age is 16 months.
However, 277 metres racing will soon be a thing of the past at Tara Raceway with work continuing on the new distance of 305 metres.
Meanwhile, the other short-course maiden event on Thursday was the Williams Crane Hire Stake (400 m) which was won by Giveaway Vegas, also bred and trained locally by Noel Perry of Mount Gambier.
Raced by the trainer in partnership with Sally Weis of Portland, Giveaway Vegas virtually led all the way to defeat Aston Teagan by a narrow margin in 23.88 seconds and give the Farmor Las Vegas x Baurna Sal litter its first win at Tara Raceway.