Friday, August 3, 2018
Cindy La Moment’s win in the Klaassens Contractors Stake (512 metres) at Tara Raceway’s time-graded meeting on Thursday came from out of the blue in more ways than one.
Not only is the greyhound bitch blue in colour, she carried the blue rug when jumping from box four and with her past four starts all resulting in her finishing in 8th spot, beaten margins ranging between 15 lengths and 18 lengths, it’s probably fair to say that it was a win that came from out of the blue.
Cindy La Moment chased Gotta Wobble Up until the home turn before finishing the stronger in the run home to score by 2½ lengths in a personal best time of 30.46 seconds for Hamilton trainer Tony Harding who rarely misses a Tara Raceway meeting.
For sure, this appeared to be a form reversal of some magnitude although Harding was quick to jump to the winner’s defence.
“The trouble is she’s a railer and she’d drawn out wide at her past four starts,” he said. “I know box four wasn’t ideal for her today but at least she was able to find the rails and get a bit of clear running. That made all the difference.”
Taken over by Harding in May, Cindy La Moment – his third winner this year – is by Nolen out of Penny La Plume with the trainer now looking at the August 19 heats of the Peter Rocket Winter Classic (512 m) with the July 2016 whelping.
Earlier in the day, the Harding-trained Gypsy Shane, with beaten margins ranging from 9½ lengths to 27¾ lengths at her past four starts, got among the money for the first time at what was her tenth start when running a 1¼ length third to litter sister Bungaloo Jedda in the Laser Electrical Maiden Stake (400 m).
By Addis Boy out of Camo’s Prinny, Gypsy Shane is raced by the trainer’s travelling companion Shane Flink who was over the moon after his pint-sized 24 kilogram bitch finally ran a place for him.
For the Bungaloo Syndicate and Kongorong trainer John Little, Bungaloo Jedda’s win was a case of perseverance paying off with the black bitch finally winning her first race at start number 35 when finishing strongly to score in 24.11 seconds.
Later, the syndicate and Little brought up a double – their first since Bungaloo Lucy and Bungaloo Ruby were successful 12 months ago – when Premier Choix won the Metal Worx Stake (400 m).
Recently acquired from Adelaide after 10 starts at Angle Park for a win and three minor placings, Premier Choix led all the way from box one at her first Tara Raceway start, eventually holding off a fast finishing Azumi Striker to win by 1¼ lengths in a handy 23.38 seconds.
By Magic Sprite out of Bon Choix, the winner is a litter sister to recent Auction Series winner Springvale Choix who next Thursday night will contest the SA final of the National Distance Championship (731 m) at Angle Park.
Dean Fennell, of Glencoe, after taking over the training of Goldie’s Run at the beginning of May, won his first race with the son of Cosmic Rumble and Moonshine Sally when he was successful in the JB Irrigation Mixed Stake (600 m) in a time of 35.82 seconds.
Always on the pace, the consistent performer railed through on Last Princess off the back and after looking the winner turning for home had to pull out all stops to hold off the durable Blondy Two who made up a stack of ground to get within a head of Goldie’s Run.
It had been a busy six days for the Sandra Elmes trained Blondy Two, who had still been a maiden when running second at her 27th start to Last Princess at the previous Friday time-graded meeting before fronting up again on Monday at Ballarat where she finally opened her winning account over 545 metres prior to returning to Tara Raceway for Thursday’s meeting