Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Locally-owned Big Rough provided one of the highlights at the opening day of the Mount Gambier Cup carnival at Tara Raceway last Friday when running quick time to win the first of two heats of The Tankman 600 feature (600 metres) for Portland trainer Brian Weis.
Raced by Heather and Noel Perry, Big Rough was quickly away from box one and led all the way to defeat Garry Marshman’s improving Star Project by 3½ lengths in a personal best time of 35.15 seconds.
For the son of Lochinvar Marlow x Bogie Dawn, it was a case of the black dog breaking a long run of outs, his last win being at Tara Raceway in early November.
Azumi Spice opened her middle-distance winning account with a hard-fought win in the second heat after finding early trouble and then being forced wide going out of the home straight.
But by mid-race the daughter of Cosmic Chief x Azumi Touch had found the front, defying Cee Jay’s Heart to run her down when holding on for a half length win in 35.60 seconds.
All told, by the conclusion of racing on Friday afternoon, the training team of Steve and Lee Bartholomew had three finalists for this Sunday’s Mount Gambier Cup final day – Azumi Spice in The Tankman 600, along with Azumi Ryder (The Produce Store Maiden) and Scorpion (Formula 400).
And by the conclusion of racing on Sunday afternoon the list of finalists had grown to four with the Worrolong couple now hoping to make it an even more memorable day after Galactic Panther qualified for the Mount Gambier Cup.