Saturday, October 14, 2017
Mount Gambier’s SA Country Cup representatives Colden Girl and Paraphernalia gave it their best shot at Angle Park last night when finishing third and fourth respectively in the $7375 final over 515 metres.
Colden Girl, trained at Heathmere by Bea Bryant, gave a great sight, quickly finding the front from box two and still looking a winning chance well into the home straight.
In the end, though, it was the Strathalbyn representative Stick Figure who was successful by three-quarters of a length over Mr Arjay (Gawler) and Colden Girl – the former gaining second place by the proverbial whisker.
The Jeff Guy trained Paraphernalia, who jumped a $3.80 favourite, was away cleanly from box six but had no luck on the first turn before finishing well to run fourth, beaten less than four lengths.
Racing at Angle Park for the first time, Bryant and husband Roger wrapped up what would have been a satisfying night when a couple of races later Colden Star ran a fast-finishing three-quarter length second to Lizard Spock.
Later in the night, Raw Ability, trained at Myrniong by Anthony Azzopardi for Kylee Osborne, took out the Group 1 UBET Adelaide Cup (515 m).
Whelped in March 2015, the black dog – who boasts a pedigree that traces back to a time when the SA breed was considered among the best in Australia – is by Barcia Bale out of Bugatti Flyer, a winner of 12 races in NSW and $30,000 in prizemoney.
Bugatti Flyer, a daughter of Bit Chili x Midnight Lace, goes back to Percyton Lad who won the 1943 SA Coursing Derby at Birkalla (near the Adelaide suburb of Plympton) and not all that far away from where the Angle Park track is now located.
By another SA coursing star in Quandialla out of Percyton Lass, Percyton Lad would also go on and sire the brilliant Harryed along with many other star performers while his litter sister Lassalla when mated with Silver Chief produced Tarryhere, dam of the legendary Byamee.