Sunday, May 26, 2019
Track photographer Bronny Nicholson of Todd’s Photographics captured the Fairthorne Forestry Stake (400 m) runners in the parade ring prior to the running of the last race at Tara Raceway last Thursday.
Pictured with handlers are Nitro Heroine (Amanda Darmanin), Patchie Thief (Cap Abbott), Standing Bear (Paul Cusack), Don’s Just Under (Kevin Ward), Sandy Lagoon (Kevin Quinn) and Big Kenny Bobo (Wade Green).
Winner of the race was Don’s Just Under who, after a spirited early battle with kennelmate Sandy Lagoon, ran away to a two length win – his second consecutive time-graded win – in 23.47 seconds.
The win completed a good day for Ward and Newcomb-based trainer Noel Carthew who also won the opening race, the Laser Electrical Maiden Stake (400 m) with Don’s Just Under’s litter sister Tiger Seventeen and the Gordon Refrigeration Stake (400 m) with Mrs Hardwicke.
Darmanin, who won with Sure Load last week, once again enjoyed success in her own right when Miss Jacky led all the way to defeat Oemi Allen by 1½ lengths in the Gambier Vets Stake (512 m) in a time of 30.22 seconds.
By Pure Octane out of former Tara Raceway 600 metre record holder Miss Jacovella, the winner had been in Darmanin’s Mount Gambier kennels for only a fortnight, the win being Miss Jacky’s first since last August.
Quinn was successful in The Border Watch Stake (400 m) with the 4½-year-old Slipaway Bolt who finished over the top of Nix Jakit and Gin Lee’s Bullet for an impressive 2¼ length win in 23.49 seconds.
Trained by Quinn for all of his 97 race starts, Slipaway Bolt’s win at Tara Raceway was his first at the track and took his tally to 16 wins for owners Paula Bainbridge and Barry Augustine.
By Fabregas x Slipaway Candy, Slipaway Bolt is a litter brother to Slipaway Whitey who was successful at Tara Raceway in April for the Cundare trainer. Quinn also won at the track in March with Misty Warrior, who is bred on similar lines.
And Rockbank-based Green brought up his 15th winner at Tara Raceway this year when Janray Mazel Tov won out by a head in a keenly-contested encounter with Carthew’s Shadrack in the Metal Worx Stake (400 m).
The win, his fifth at the local track, came on the back of a Ballarat 390 metre win three days earlier when the son of Blue Lorian x Path To Hope led all the way to score at $25.