Thursday, August 16, 2018
Widely-travelled trainer Jamie Quinlivian made one of his spasmodic trips from Merbein South to Mount Gambier last Sunday, rewarded for the long trip with a double – his second this year at Tara Raceway.
Back in February he had been successful with Shot Thru and Signal Peak while last Sunday both Prophetess and Talitha Cumi impressed when having their first runs on the track.
Quinlivian had been at Angle Park on the Monday prior, Talitha Cumi leading all the way to win over 515 metres in a handy 30.14 seconds prior to the black bitch lining up in the Gambier Vets Stake (512 m) from box six less than a week later.
And once again Talithi Cumi – purchased after breaking-in – quickly found the front, opening up a big break down the back straight before running out a four length winner over promising youngster Lika Missile.
By Lochinvar Marlow out of Dream Choice, a winner of 14 races and $28,000 in stakemoney, Talitha Cumi is owned by Quinlivian’s parents, Pam and Colin (“Nick’s my cousin”) Nolte who were on course to enjoy the win.
Prophetess, by Banjo Boy out of Quinlivian’s prolific producer Rustic Reeta, brought up her first middle-distance win with a strong performance in the Produce Store Bitches Stake (600 m).
Well drawn in box eight, she quickly found the front and from then on was never headed, kennelmate Shot Thru left to do the chasing before going down by 3¼ lengths in 35.34 seconds, a time that compared favourably to that of Cryer’s Plugger’s 35.26 seconds in the race prior.