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Two-state double for littermates

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Ima Maldini’s all the way win in the Stake (512 metres) at Tara Raceway’s time-graded meeting last Thursday kicked off a pretty good day for Coleraine breeder-trainer Sindy Colpoys.

By Dyna Villa, Ima Maldini is out of Mizzy Maldini who won four races for Colpoys at Traralgon, Warrnambool, Ballarat and Warragul and boasts a pedigree that traces back to the prolific Wee Sal line.

Steve Colpoys with Ima Maldini after her third consecutive win at Tara Raceway.

Last Thursday’s win also continued a successful comeback for the April 2016 black bitch, the win her third in succession at Tara Raceway and her fourth since resuming in June from a career-threatening injury.

“She sustained a severe wrist injury last October and to be honest at one stage it looked unlikely that she would race again,” Colpoys said. “But eight months later she resumed racing at Tara Raceway and gave us a great thrill when winning first-up over 400 metres.”

One of a litter of 11, Ima Maldini ended up the only pup not sold, Colpoys and her son Mike Kemp later forming the Rainbows End Syndicate and deciding to race her themselves, the pair so far picking up eight wins.

This is Mizzy Maldini’s second litter, the first, by Fear Zafonic, including Sloan Ranger who won 13 races and $21,000 in stakemoney on Victorian provincial tracks for Colpoys’ husband Steve.

And then, 90 minutes later last Thursday, Ima Maldini’s litter brother Urban Bourbon gained a run as a reserve over 440 metres at Sale for Longford owner-trainer Gary Sciortino.

Last early, Urban Bourbon, despite using plenty of the track, stormed home to score at $40 and wrap up a successful day for Sindy and Steve Colpoys.

As part of the prize for winning the 2017 Summer Classic with Hutch, Portland trainer Robert Halliday received a service to General Destini, a winner of 23 races and $270,000 in stakemoney.

It’s Poppy . . . the first winner for the General Destini x Guru Doll litter.

And Halliday later put the service to good use when breeding a litter out of Guru Doll, a well-bred daughter of Knocka Norris and Flaming Doll and herself a winner at Sandown Park and Angle Park.

Previously, he had enjoyed success with a Guru Doll litter by Cosmic Rumble which had included Brinza, a winner of nine races, along with 14-race winner Odd Boots.

Rotate, a big strapping 35 kilogram blue dog, was the first of the General Destini litter to race, running an impressive second behind Silent Jacko at Tara Raceway’s Sunday meeting on September 1.

Halliday was back again last Thursday with another first starter, this time litter sister It’s Poppy, a nicely conformed 29 kilogram blue bitch that led all the way in the Produce Store Maiden (400 m) to defeat Clyde Jakit, another first starter, in a smart 23.27 seconds.

Speaking after the race, Halliday recalled that It’s Poppy – named by his granddaughter Genna – had done a great job to actually hit the race track as she had broken a leg at a young age.

Later in the day he brought up his fourth double at the track this year when Molly’s Wally led all the way to defeat Bush Blossom by 3½ lengths in a best of day 29.95 seconds in the Gordon Refrigeration Stake (512 m).

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