Wednesday, May 23, 2018
There was certainly a Penshurst presence in last Friday’s Greg Martlew Autos Stake (512 metres) at Tara Raceway when Fascinated and Good Yarn, who had travelled over together, clashed in the time-graded event.
Trained by John Cameron (Camo), Fascinated did look well placed and ran accordingly, leading all the way to defeat the John Burow (Buzz) trained Good Yarn by 2½ lengths in 30.34 seconds and give the Penshurst pair the quinella.
By Hutmaker, the winner is out of the former smart bitch Spellbound who won 16 races at Tara Raceway as well as five at Sandown Park and another two at The Meadows.
Cameron purchased her as a pup from Portland breeder Cass Billington and 4½ years and 82 starts later the 24 kilogram black bitch is still racing well, having now won 12 races, including the Fashion D’Or Ladies Bracelet over 600 metres at Tara Raceway’s 2017 Christmas meeting.
Good Yarn, who hasn’t won since scoring over 600 metres at Tara Raceway last September, put in a big run, coming from well back early to finish strongly, prompting racecaller Tim Edwards to declare the run as “massive”.
Burow bred Good Yarn, a daughter of Cosmic Chief and his handy bitch Spin A Yarn who raced on 97 occasions for 13 wins including a Tara Raceway track record run over 400 metres.
Cameron was back at Tara Raceway on Sunday with Fascinated who ran third to McIvor Neville in the Klaassens Contractors Stake (512) while Burow has opted to tackle The Border Watch Stake (512 m) at tomorrow’s time-graded meeting.
And one can only imagine how the trip back to Penshurst on Friday afternoon would have played out. Cameron confirmed the worst.
“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 good his dog is.
“You know, ‘my dog was unlucky, she should have won, the racecaller said it was a massive run’ and so on.
“Actually, by the time we got back to Penshurst he had just about convinced me that Good Yarn had won the race so I did have to gently remind him of the result.”
However, apparently there was nothing really out of the ordinary here. No, it seems it was just another typical Buzz and Camo road trip.