Mumbannar trainer Monty Wilson, who not so long ago was more than happy if he could run at an average of one winner a month, brought up his ninth winner for the year at Tara Raceway yesterday with Mystic Lane.
In Wilson’s kennels since January, the brindle bitch was having her fourth race start when leading all the way in the Gordon Refrigeration Maiden Stake (305 metres) and defeating Winter Wizard by 2½ lengths in 17.90 seconds.
By Oaks Road out of Fascinated, Mystic Lane – bred and owned at Penshurst by John Cameron – was the only pup in the litter.
And yesterday’s win brought back memories of the day almost three years ago that Fascinated recorded her 12th and final win for Cameron at a Friday time-graded meeting at Tara Raceway.
Purchased as a pup from Portland breeder Cassandra Billington, Fascinated is by Hutmaker, a well-bred son of Premier Fantasy and Beekeeper, out of Spellbound, a Victorian city winner and successful on 16 occasions at the local track.
On the day of that 12th win Cameron had made the trip across with fellow Penshurst owner-trainer John “Buzz” Burow who as it turned out had Good Yarn engaged in the same race.
But it was Fascinated who led all the way in the 512 metres event, defeating the strong finishing Good Yarn by 2½ lengths in 30.34 seconds and giving the Penshurst pair the quinella.
One can only imagine how the trip back to Penshurst on the Friday afternoon would have played out.
“Here we were travelling home, Buzz in the passenger seat, frequently quenching his thirst, empty cans rolling around everywhere. And I’m having to put up with him telling me how unlucky Good Yarn had been,” Cameron had said at the time.
Just another typical Buzz and Camo road trip.
These days, the Penshurst presence is all but gone. And Tara Raceway race meetings are all the poorer for it.
Incidentally, Fascinated, who tipped the scales at just over 24 kilograms, raced on 93 occasions with one of her best wins being the Fashion D’Or Ladies Bracelet over 600 metres at Tara Raceway’s 2017 Christmas meeting.