Our Boy Thommo, trained until last week at Lewiston by Troy Murray, will make his Tara Raceway debut tomorrow for Compton-based trainer Tracie Price from box seven in the second of two heats of the Winter Classic (512 metres).
And the son of Fernando Bale and 23-race winner Scarp Missile should find the local classic – for dogs and bitches whelped on or after July 1, 2018 – more to his liking than last week’s SA Derby heat at Angle Park.
A litter brother to SA Oaks finalist Dakota Roxy, Our Boy Thommo is a winner of four races, one of those a heat of the Champion Puppy Classic (515 m) at Angle Park in July when he clocked 29.87 seconds.
The July 2018 whelping will go into the Winter Classic series giving away absolutely nothing in age and as the most experienced runner, having raced on 28 occasions.
Price, who will be chasing his fourth classic after previous wins with Stylish Moment, Cee Me Burst and Smart Knocka, has five runners in the series.
Proud Fernando (box seven) looks one of his better chances in the first heat, the blue son of Fernando Bale and Who’s Doing What running a tidy 30.11 seconds on August 30 when finishing third behind smart bitch Bay Me who ran second at Angle Park last week.
At 26 kilograms there’s not a lot of Frodo Baggins, a well-bred January 2019 son of Oaks Road and Allinga Val, a smart bitch herself and a litter sister to Fabregal, winner of the 2017 Mount Gambier Cup.
Drawn in box four in the first heat, Frodo Baggins is trained at Gifford Hill by Lisa Rasmussen for the family syndicate, Razza Racing. This will be his first 512 metres run at Tara Raceway but he did work home well behind Aston Hayato and Heckle Me over 400 metres earlier this month in a quick 22.96 seconds.
Heckle Me, trained by Rasmussen’s husband Tony and also owned by Razza Racing, has drawn box five in heat two. And the November 2018 son of Aston Dee Bee and She’s A Looper should be more than competitive after winning the Produce Store Feature Maiden (512 m) at Tara Raceway on cup day last month prior to running Aston Hayato to 1¾ lengths a week later.
The Nineofus Syndicate and Allendale East trainer David Peckham will be hoping for a 2020 classic clean sweep with either Midnight Daisy or Double Vision who have drawn boxes five and four respectively in heats one and two.
The successful owner-trainer combination won the Summer Classic in February with Sweet On Me. From a Winter Classic point of view, Double Vision is by far the more experienced of the pair, the July 2018 son of Fernando Bale x Midnight Elsa having won five races from 18 starts.
The final of the Winter Classic, first staged in 2014, will be run tomorrow week at Tara Raceway in conjunction with the Mount Gambier division of the SA Country Cup (512 m) and the Grade Five Series final (400 m).