Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Compton trainer Tracie Price, who won the 2015 Produce Store Maiden (512 metres) with Mega Moment, looks to hold a strong hand in Friday’s heats at Tara Raceway with nine runners.
The meeting, which is the start of the Mount Gambier Cup carnival, will be highlighted by three heats of the feature maiden, two heats of the Blue Lake 600 (600 m) and two heats of the Formula 400 (400 m).
And the action really heats up at Sunday’s meeting when eight heats of the ClassicBet Mount Gambier Cup (512 m) will be decided.
Mainly, Price’s maiden runners are from the Magic Sprite x Hey Sexy Lady and Swift Fancy x Which Class litters – Hey Sexy Lady, a former WA chaser, winning the majority of her 13 races at Tara Raceway.
One exception, though, is September 2015 first-starter Rumbling Moment who has drawn box seven in the third heat.
By leading sire Cosmic Rumble, Rumbling Moment is out of first-time dam Stylish Moment who created a huge impression when winning over 512 metres on debut by 20 lengths in 29.98 seconds at the local track back in May 2014.
A daughter of Spring Gun x Nicky’s Moment, Stylish Moment later won the inaugural Winter Classic (512 m) before being retired after only 25 starts.
In the second heat, Tarpeena trainer David Williams – his father Allen won the 2014 series with Dr Danny – will rug up an interesting runner in the form of another first-starter in Miss Legality, a June 2015 whelping who has drawn box four for the Ward Leicester-managed Southern Bar Boys Syndicate.
Out of the unraced Rellim Lilly, Miss Legality is by Red Lesta who gave the syndicate the ride of their lives when going around 120 times for 22 wins and 34 minor placings for prizemoney of more than $55,000.
The son of Bombastic Shiraz x Bar Crusher ran fourth in the final of the 2010 Group 1 Maturity at The Meadows behind El Grand Senor before finishing his career with local trainer Ralph Patzel at Tara Raceway where he won over 400 metres in early 2013.
Red Lesta has only the one litter on the ground with Miss Legality’s litter brother Print The Money winning on debut at Geelong and since running two minor placings.
NEWCOMERS TO TEST WATER IN BLUE LAKE
Despite drawing box six, Penny Eagle looks well placed in the first heat of the Blue Lake 600 (600 m) for David Williams.
By Glen Gallon out of 2012 Mount Gambier Cup finalist Keep Looking, the black bitch’s last win was at the end of January when she defeated King Obama over the middle-distance journey.
Gargle It has made it pretty tough for Penny Eagle at her past two outings but she doesn’t run too many bad races and as such should be lining up in the $2000 final on Sunday week.
A couple of interesting middle-distance newcomers in the race are McIvor Neville and Cee Jay’s Heart who have drawn boxes seven and eight respectively.
McIvor Neville, a son of Bella Infrared x Blonde Caviar, and winner of this year’s Sims Memorial (512 m), is trained at Moyston by Peter Franklin who believes the best won’t be seen of the striking-looking fawn youngster until he steps out over more ground.
And Mount Gambier trainer Willie Vossen has stepped up Cee Jay’s Heart in distance after the 24 kilogram bitch finished strongly to win a 512 metre maiden last Sunday.
King Obama’s consistency was rewarded when he finally broke through for his first win in nine months after defeating the long odds-on chance Texas Titan at last Sunday’s meeting.
Trained at Woolsthorpe by Nifty Lenehan, King Obama looks well placed in the second heat and should make it through to the final along with Odd Boots, Spotted Gunn and Lady Vixyma.