Monday, December 12, 2016
The 2015 Royal Fashion Maiden series unearthed a pretty handy type in the form of Cairnlea Lewis and this year Carry On Elvis gave notice of bigger and better things to come when turning in a powerhouse display to win the second of two heats at last Friday’s meeting.
Having only his second race start, the June 2014 black dog was first out and first home from box seven, running out a 6¾ length winner over Lady Shannah with Another Rouse and Gee She Roks also making it through to Sunday’s final.
Owned and trained at Heathmere by Bea Bryant, Carry On Elvis is by Farmor Las Vegas, a winner of close to $200,000, out of Victorian city winner Soul Calibur.
Bryant also bred and retained the litter which is turning out to be quite handy with Carry On Quinney recently winning at Sandown Park and Carry On Pendles running consecutive thirds at the same track, one of those behind his litter brother.
The pair is trained at Lara by leading Victorian trainer Robert Britton who also had a crack with Elvis but sent him back after reckoning he was “18 lengths off the pace”.
And according to Bryant’s husband, Roger, Britton had been spot on with his assessment.
“He was one of those dogs that took little interest in anything,” he said. “In fact, we had just about given up on him in regard to a racing career.
“But I suppose it was about three months ago that the penny just seemed to drop, his whole attitude changed and all of a sudden he was trialling in times that would make him competitive in races.”
Carry On Elvis’s time last Friday of 30.29 seconds for the 512 metre journey held up well for the day against higher-grade races.
Cilla Brown’s run of 30.45 seconds in winning the first heat was a couple of lengths slower than Carry On Elvis although there wasn’t too much wrong with her effort either.
Away well from box one, she was checked on the first bend and found herself mid-field down the back straight before working into second spot behind tearaway leader Lektra Magic who was having her first run at the track.
But into the home straight it was Cilla Brown who finished powerfully to run out a two length winner over the early leader and a fast-finishing Azumi Spice while fourth placegetter Cee Jay’s Heart is also into the final.
The winner is owned by 16-year-old Angela Williams who recently received the black bitch as a give away from well-known Adelaide trainer John Spoolder.
Cilla Brown is trained out at Tarpeena by her father, David, looking to emulate his father, Allen, who won the 2011 Royal Fashion Maiden with Don’t Panic who went on to win a further seven races and also jumped favourite in the 2012 Mount Gambier Cup won by Rich Shiraz.
The Milla Laddrak-sponsored Royal Fashion Maiden was first run in 2007 when won by the Dean Fennell trained Leeor Trev. Then followed White Flash (Richard Clayfield), Mundarra Express (Cap Abbott), Doll’s Cool Azz (Mary Woodhead), Don’t Panic (Allen Williams), Moorak Hope (Tracie Price), Manila Express (Cap Abbott), Pumped Rule (Dean Fennell) and Cairnlea Lewis (Peter Hubbard).