Monday, November 27, 2017
It mightn’t be quite like the heady days of 2015 when Ben Boers was winning the Mount Gambier Cup with Lots Of Yap but the Cashmore trainer was confident of success on Sunday in the Laser Electrical Maiden Stake (400 m) with Hail A Cab.
And the black dog didn’t let him down when leading all the way to defeat Verev – having his first start on the track for Portland trainer Nicole Stanley – by three-quarters of a length in 23.83 seconds at the nice odds of $11.
By Don’t Knocka Him out of Taxi Sono Qui, a city-winning bitch as was her dam Who Told Helen, Hail A Cab is raced by Geelong flooring contractor Damien Anderson who had contacted Boers in early September to see if he would be interested in training the dog.
“At the time Hail A Cab was still a maiden after 13 starts but mid-year he had made the semi-finals of a Vic-bred maiden series at Bendigo so I thought he might be worth having a go with,” Boers said.
The win came at his sixth start for Boers, and helped to make up for the previous week’s time-graded meeting when kennelmate Indi’s Fancy went down by a half head to Pillar Creek over 400 metres.
Stanley, incidentally, came into Sunday’s meeting with 98 winners at the track and after reserve runner Miss Pineapple gained a start and was successful in the Trackside Meats Stake (400 m) she looked a distinct possibility of becoming the first trainer to bring up 100 winners in a season.
But that was it for the day, with the leading trainer now looking a strong chance to land her century this week when meetings will be run on Friday and Sunday.