Sunday, August 19, 2018
The 2018 Peter Rocket Winter Classic (512 metres) kicked off in sensational fashion at Tara Raceway on Sunday afternoon when $14 outsider Cindy La Moment defied the opposition to run her down in the first heat of the Special Event for dogs and bitches whelped on or after July 1, 2016.
Bred at Compton by Tracie Price, the July 2016 daughter of Nolen and Penny La Plume is trained at Hamilton by the widely-travelled Tony Harding who had also won at Tara Raceway with the blue bitch earlier in the month.
On the line, Cindy La Moment had a half length to spare over Steve Bartholomew’s well-fancied Azumi Twister in 30.70 seconds while a couple of other outsiders in Price’s Who’s Doris and Gotta Wobble Up, trained by Scott Blacksell, are also through to the final at the expense of warm favourite Lika Missile.
Price’s Knocka Norris x Who’s Doing What youngster Smart Knocka raced to classic final favouritism with an outstanding win in the second heat, overcoming an ordinary start to defeat Lee Bartholomew’s Azumi Ryder, gallant in defeat, by 3½ lengths in 30.10 seconds.
Also through from the second heat is the youngest dog in the series, Cee Me Turbo, a son of the 2015 Winter Classic winner Cee Me Burst and a kennelmate to the winner, while Bart Bartholomew’s Azumi Spirit’s fourth placing saw her become the third member of the Dyna Tron x Azumi Touch litter to reach the final.
The $3000 Winter Classic final will be run next Sunday with connections of the winner also receiving a service to the Group 1 winning Peter Rocket, donated by Keith and Lisa Hellmuth.
Later on Sunday, Rockoon, another Group 1 winner and a son of Peter Rocket, finished over the top of Aeroplane Mo to win the JB Irrigation Open Stake (600 m) at Tara Raceway by 1¾ lengths in 35.20 seconds.
And in what was a good weekend for the under-utilised Peter Rocket, another of his sons in Peter Galo won the Group 2 Shepparton Cup on Saturday night.