Class won out in Sunday’s Rock’s Tavern Masters Stake (277 m) at Tara Raceway when Shima Breeze led all the way to defeat Bob Square Pants by 2¾ lengths and lower Magic Assassin and Dare To Do’s 16.19 seconds track record to 16.00 seconds.
Owned by Tim Aloisi and Matt Lehman and trained at Allendale East by David Peckham, Shima Breeze’s record came on the last day of racing over 277 metres at Tara Raceway. Within days trialling will commence over 305 metres in readiness for racing over the new distance.
Purchased by the leading SA owners early into her 50-start career, the daughter of Fernando Bale x Shimaguni had won more than $100,000 in stakemoney prior to sustaining a back leg muscle injury in June this year.
Subsequently, she found her way down to Bourne Kennels, Aloisi saying the plan was to mate her with Barcia Bale when she came in season.
“But later, when still not in season, and after David reckoned she was running up and down his runs quicker than his racing dogs, we decided to give her a couple of trials over 277 metres to see how she went.
“So when she lowered the track record a couple of times on trial mornings we figured it might be worth trying for a record on a race day before racing over 277 metres finished at Tara Raceway.”
Aloisi said the fact that she now had a track record to her name would only add to her already imposing performance record of 23 wins and 17 minor placings which includes Group 2 and Group 3 placings.