Thursday, February 1, 2018
Mount Gambier Cup contenders Xtreme Shine and Lektra Stomp look to be on track for next month’s Group Listed 512 metre event after registering smart wins in consecutive races over 485 metres at Horsham on Tuesday night.
Another member of the successful Barcia Bale x Xtreme Gretel litter, Xtreme Shine is trained at Portland by Robert Duncan who won successive 512 metre races with the black dog, both in under 30 seconds, at Tara Raceway in January.
An odds-on favourite from box one, Xtreme Shine shared the lead early with Why Not Archie before finishing powerfully to run out a 3½ length winner in 27.50 seconds.
In the following race, former Tara Raceway 600 metre record holder Paraphernalia led for much of the journey before Team Lenehan’s Lektra Stomp, always handy in the run, finished powerfully to win by less than a length in 27.65 seconds.
By Walk Hard x Lektra Angie, Lektra Stomp ran another cup contender in Zuma Creek to 1¼ lengths in a heat of December’s Williams Crane Hire Christmas Cup (512 m) and will return to Tara Raceway on Sunday for the winningformula.net.au Mixed Stake (512 m) – a race that he looks well placed in.
Paraphernalia, a winner of 23 races and more than $67,000 in prizemoney from 95 starts, is also likely to be back for a second crack at the cup.
Speaking earlier this week, Horsham trainer Jeff Guy said he was keen to get back again after the son of Big Daddy Cool and Scrappy Coco had failed to qualify for last year’s final when running second to Hutch in a heat.
And Lektra Viki, who ran fifth behind Lektra Stomp on Tuesday night, is likely to take on the Peter Rocket Summer Classic (512 m), heats of which will be run at Tara Raceway on Sunday, February 11.
Trained at Toolong by Phil Lenehan, the January 2016 whelped Lektra Viki is by US sire KC And All out of Lektra Scarlett, a litter sister to Lektra Angie.
The black bitch has raced on 12 occasions for three wins, including a 25.49 seconds effort over 450 metres at Warrnambool – a time that should see her more than competitive at Tara Raceway against her own age.