Monday, April 29, 2019
The Tara Raceway Bartholomew Pick 6 competition ended an 18-month losing run at Sunday’s meeting when regular player Kevin Patzel, after some recent near-misses, finally landed the $500 jackpot.
Sponsored by Steve and Lee Bartholomew, who add $10 to the pool every week, the Pick 6 is a long-running free competition that requires on-course patrons to select the winners of races three through to eight.
And after getting a couple of roughies out of the way in Our Menace ($26) and Lucy’s Quest ($12) – the winners of races one and two – the Pick 6, on paper at least, did look “pickable”.
But after School Report ($3.20) and Black Spring ($1.70) had won the first two legs, Patzel was on his own – Wanchai Express ($2.70), China Catch ‘Em ($2.30) and Ben Nevis ($3.40) then ensuring the 32-year-old from Mount Gambier was still in the running come the last leg.
The Border Watch Mixed Stake (512 metres) was a tough race to wrap up the Pick 6 with Lone Star, Big Casey and Bomber Creek – who fought out last week’s main race with a dead-heat by a neck margins – looking likely to figure once again.
Patzel, though, opted for the Nifty Lenehan trained Lektra Brandy, also in the market at $4 after a recent 512 metre win at Tara Raceway over Ben Nevis in 29.94 seconds.
And in a race of changing fortunes, Lektra Brandy was able to deliver for the remaining contestant, eventually running out a three length winner over Usain Insane and Cryer’s Plugger in a best of day 29.95 seconds.
Speaking after the final leg, Patzel, who is a regular at the Tara Raceway Sunday meetings, said it had been a big thrill to win the Pick 6 after he had recently come close on several occasions.
“I’ve been about the mark recently, including last week when I went very close,” he said. “The final leg today did look pretty tough and was a race of many chances. Fortunately the luck went my way.”
Portland trainer Nicole Stanley supplied half of the Pick 6 winners – School Report, Wanchai Express and Ben Nevis – and later joked that it seemed only fair to her that she should receive half of the $500.
Sunday’s treble was her first since July 15, 2018 when Hit The Runway, Bereluke and Jan’s Star were successful at Tara Raceway.