Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Sandford trainer Brad Mitchem will be hoping Julie’s Love can turn the tables on Hay Miss when the pair clashes again on Friday in the South Eastern Hotel Mixed Stake (600 metres) at Tara Raceway.
At last Sunday’s meeting Hay Miss had quickly found a forward spot in the mixed 600 metre event and was able to hold out Julie’s Love to win by a neck with a further head back to the John Cameron trained Jasmine Lilly.
The win came on the back of four consecutive seconds at Tara Raceway and was the second leg of a running double for Portland trainer Nicole Stanley after Travel Ticket also broke an exasperating run of minor placings to win the Trackside Meats Stake (400 m).
Julie’s Love, a granddaughter of the Group 1-winning bitch Paua To Burn, hasn’t won since defeating the Stanley-trained Berry Bling at the end of May although Tara Raceway regulars have witnessed many fast-finishing placings from her since then.
And probably none more impressive than the effort last Sunday – after having raced over 731 metres only three days earlier at Angle Park – when she was standing the leaders up many lengths down the back straight before yet another powerful finish.
Julie’s Love has drawn box one again on Friday and with Hay Miss alongside her it should be another interesting race, even more so with the Cameron-trained runner Fascinated drawn in box five.
The diminutive Fascinated, which tips the scales at around 24 kilograms, is yet to race over 600 metres but the manner in which she stormed home over 512 metres last Sunday would suggest she should be suited to more ground.
CLASSIC WINNER RETURNS
Lektra Munster, winner of last month’s Banjo Boy Winter Classic at Tara Raceway, returns on Friday and looks well drawn in box eight in the Gambier Vets Stake (512 m) which is the first heat of a grade six series.
Now in the kennels of Brian Weis, Lektra Munster had little luck at his first start for the Portland trainer when unplaced over 450 metres at Warrnambool last week.
By Fabregas x Supreme Vision, the October 2014 black dog is one of a handy winning litter that also includes Lektra Boss (which picked up a cool $7500 when winning the GRV Vic Bred Series final at Horsham on Tuesday afternoon), Lektra Utah, Lektra Peck, Lektra Lucy, Lektra Boss and Lektra Aly.
Another member of the litter is the David Williams trained Lektra Ash which ran third in the classic final and has drawn box five in Friday’s first heat.
Also back at Tara Raceway in new hands is box one runner Saint Fox which won a maiden final over 512 metres early this month.
Now owned and trained by Paul Herry of Mortlake, Saint Fox led all the way from box six in the final and despite running wide in the home straight was able to hold out subsequent winner Blitz And Bolt in 30.65 seconds.
Adding further interest to the heat are Sense Of Humour and Dream Dazzler which have drawn boxes three and seven respectively. Little separated the pair when they filled the placings behind Marcling in last Sunday’s Produce Store Stake (512 m).
With Grassmere trainer Peter Hubbard for only a couple of weeks, Sense Of Humour looked lost at her first run on the track and should be improved by the outing.
Dream Dazzler, a winner of two races over 515 metres at Angle Park this year, improved at her second start at Tara Raceway and looks a coming winner for Nicole Stanley.
Lewiston trainer Don Turner, after wins with Hotham Flyer and Marcling at the past two meetings, holds a strong hand in the second heat with Another Mai (box two), twice a winner at Gawler over 531 metres this month and third at Angle Park (515 m) on Monday night.
Don Nunn and Tracie Price combine again with box six runner Miss Mostly which is yet to race at Tara Raceway but was a smart 30.09 seconds 515 metre Sandown winner in May.
And further depth to the heat is added by way of Stanley’s Col’s Wallett, a winner of two 410 metre races at Horsham and Hubbard’s Little Showgun, a litter brother to Sense Of Humour, and an impressive 512 metre maiden winner last Sunday.