Sunday, January 28, 2018
Portland trainer Brian Weis opted for the bright lights and big bucks at The Meadows on Friday night with Xtreme Notice.
So he called on Noel Perry of Mount Gambier and Scott Blacksell of Cape Bridgewater to help him out with littermates Xtreme Purpose and Xtreme Caution at Tara Raceway’s afternoon meeting.
To be honest, Perry and Blacksell were in their element, especially after box eight runner Xtreme Purpose, having her first start on the track, overcame trouble on the first turn to eventually wear down Derivation to win the Gambier Vets Stake (512 m) by a half length in 30.54 seconds.
However, the defacto handlers claimed they faced an uphill battle in the Produce Store Stake (400 m) with Xtreme Caution considering it was the black dog’s first run over the short course – the trainer, allegedly, making a mistake on his nomination form when ticking the 400 m box instead of 512 m.
Weis will probably claim it was a stroke of genius. Xtreme Caution, despite drawn poorly in box five, quickly settled in second spot behind Tiger Bite Turbo, finishing too strongly in the home straight to win by three-quarters of a length in 23.34 seconds.
For Weis, the double continued the terrific run he is having with five members of the Barcia Bale x Xtreme Gretel litter, all owned by Wagga breeder Matt Morris – Xtreme Carnage, Xtreme Caution, Xtreme Notice, Xtreme Purpose and Xtreme Rush collectively having now won 25 races.
And while he took in the bright lights at The Meadows on Friday night he came home without the big bucks, Xtreme Notice jumping well from box seven in the $12,000-to-the-winner grade five final (525 m) before just failing to cross the field and eventually finishing fifth.
But earlier, at Tara Raceway on a warm and sunny afternoon, there was plenty of good cheer as Perry and Blacksell flew the flag for Weis and celebrated in his absence with a double on Australia Day.