Thursday, October 25, 2018
Portland trainer Robert Halliday appears to have turned the fortunes around of Spirited Bingle, a winner early this month over 515 metres at Angle Park and an impressive grade five heat winner at Tara Raceway last Sunday when dropping back to 400 metres.
Halliday is Spirited Bingle’s fourth trainer, the well-bred daughter of Collision and SA Oaks winner Kokoda Spirit joining his kennels in March this year and having now won seven races after a Shepparton maiden win in October 2016.
The Jordan Day-owned rising four-year-old now looks a top chance in Sunday’s Williams Crane Hire Grade Five final (400 m) after drawing box two.
And on Sunday, Halliday will be looking to turn the fortunes around of Spirited Bingle’s younger half-brother Koda Blue (by Barcia Bale), his last win being at the end of last year at Warrnambool.
In Halliday’s kennels since last month, the blue dog, which has raced as heavy as 39 kilograms, has drawn box five in the Gambier Vets Stake (512 m).
Cryer’s Harper’s all the way win in last Sunday’s second heat, the Gordon Refrigeration Stake, saw her break a six month run of outs when defeating Cindy La Moment by 2¼ lengths in 23.31 seconds, although she’s been done no favours with box six in Sunday’s final.
She was the second leg of double for Apsley trainer Tom Cryer who earlier in the day had won with Cryer’s Jed who clocked a smart 23.19 seconds in the Laser Electrical Open Stake – both winners being out of Cryer’s Midget, one of Tara Raceway’s leading dams this year.
Last week’s third and final heat winner was Damien Smith’s Lektra Guiseppe who backed up again at Wednesday’s time-graded meeting and did a good job from box seven to win the Produce Store Stake (400 m) in a best of day 23.26 seconds.
Cap Abbott’s Luca Flyer, into the final on the back of a 2¾ length third to Cryer’s Harper, has drawn box one in the final, the same box he led all the way from on Wednesday when defeating Patchie Thief by a length in 23.56 seconds in The Border Watch Stake (400 m).
He was the second leg of a double for the Edenhope-based trainer after From The Shadows, raced by his daughter Julie Ward, landed some good bets with a 2¼ length win over Shadrack in the Metal Worx Stake (400 m) in 23.44 seconds.
And reverting to last Sunday’s Williams Crane Hire Stake (512 m), Drysdale Creek won his first race in four months for Monty Wilson of Mumbannar when leading all the way for a 3¼ length win over Our Bro Pedro in 30.20 seconds.
The son of Cosmic Rumble and 11-race winner Capella, Drysdale Creek, a maiden giveaway has now won four races, although Wilson once again paid the penalty with the difficult to box dog when returning nursing a bruised and bloody hand.
“It never hurts when they win, though,” he said.
Wilson has now trained 11 winners this year, his best day being on Thursday, June 21 when Drysdale Creek and Miss Zorro were successful.