Monday, December 16, 2019
Local owner Luke Diegmann landed his first outright winner when first-starter High Fly Dorothy led all the way at Tara Raceway on Sunday to win the first heat of the Peter Whitehead Memorial (400 metres) in 23.53 seconds.
Trained at Compton by Tracie Price, the white and black daughter of Peter Rocket x Headline was purchased as a pup by Diegmann who followed her progress at regular intervals while being reared at the trainer’s property.
Diegmann also became involved in the inaugural National Draft and is a shareholder in the Troy Murray-trained Thirty Watches, a winner over 400 metres at Gawler last month.
Also impressing in Sunday’s first heat was runner-up Hostile Savage, trained at Portland by Nifty Lenehan for Jim Collins.
Another first-starter, the black son of Hostile x Sweet Savage made a real mess of the start from box seven but worked home strongly to go down by only 1¾ lengths.
Price also won the second heat with Elle Limes, leading all the way at her third start for owner Bernie Bouchier and defeating the Peter Crawley trained Miss Classique by two lengths in 23.30 seconds.
By Spring Gun, Elle Limes is out of Grimsby Girl, a finalist in the 2016 Mount Gambier Cup while Miss Classique was the forerunner of a big day for Crawley who later was successful with 512 metre winners Easter Orchid and Drogheda County in 29.95 seconds and 29.89 seconds respectively.
Tandiki, another Price-trained first-starter and also from the Peter Rocket x Headline litter, despite using plenty of the home straight stormed home to finish only a further three-quarters of a length back in third spot.