Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Ballarat chaser Aeroplane Mo will be looking to go one better when he returns to Tara Raceway on Sunday to tackle the Koroit Feature over 600 metres.
The February 2016 son of Collision and Ritza Night gave plenty of cheek in a Mixed 4/5 event over 600 metres on June 10 at Tara Raceway for trainer Trent Blacker, whose first winner at the local track was in a heat of the Newman McDonnell Memorial last November with Greenback Boogie.
At his last start at the track Aeroplane Mo led the field down the back straight before smart middle-distance performer Vectis Seyarda took over the running – Blacker’s dog digging deep in the run home, though, to finish a 1¾ length second in a personal time of 35.32 seconds.
A litter brother to smart WA performer Mandjoogoordap, 25 starts for 13 wins and $92,000 in stakemoney, Aeroplane Mo went around over 525 metres at The Meadows on Wednesday, finishing fifth but beaten by only 2½ lengths.
With six of last Sunday’s middle-distance Mixed Stake field being renominated for the Koroit 600 and thereby guaranteed a run, it was left to Aeroplane Mo and Shaniqua to complete Sunday’s field.
Winner of last week’s lead-up race was Good Yarn, owned and trained at Penshurst by John Burow – keen to win the Koroit 600 and collect the Peter Byrne-donated Koroit Breaking-In package for one of his two youngsters that are nearing breaking-in stage.
Well boxed in the eight, Good Yarn used plenty of the track when storming home to defeat Kolora Posie whose last 600 metre run had been a 6¼ length third behind Vectis Seyarda and Aeroplane Mo.
Meanwhile, in the race prior, Bomber Creek, Solitary Lad and Cryer’s Plugger will clash in the Rock’s Retreat Open Stake (512 m), connections of all three no doubt thankful that they won’t have to contend this week with the record-breaking Rockoon.
Likely to contest the Group 3 Darwin Cup (537 m) at the end of the month, Rockoon has drawn box seven in a Mixed 600 m at Angle Park on Monday night.