Aussie News - 11th February

By Adam Hamilton

RECENT Kiwi import Sicario made the most of a dream trip and lovely Gavin Lang drive to win the $60,000 Group 2 SA Pacing Cup (2645m) for his new owners last night.

Now part of the Brent Lilley team, Sicario landed straight in behind the leader and star local Emain Macha and used the sprint lane to score by 2.3m in a 1m58.9sec mile rate.

It made a lie of his lacklustre first outing for Lilley and showed he would be a welcome addition to Australia’s open-class ranks.

Lilley said the logical targets were the NSW Breeders Challenge 4YO series and the Breeders Crown at the end of the season.

Andy Gath’s honest stayer Dikerry dug deep for a brave second, while Emain Macha also fought on well after being tested in front at times and finished third.

Gath and wife, Kate, went one better earlier in the night when their recent stable addition, Kiwi trotter McLovin, thrashed his rivals in the $30,000 Group 2 SA Trotters’ Cup.

Having his first run for the stable and owner Norm Jenkin, McLovin sat back and launched a huge run with a lap to go. He powered clear to win by 28.2m.

“He’d shown us plenty at home and it was great to see him go away and show that sort of speed. He quickly put a big gap on them,” Kate Gath said.

McLovin might have quickly earned a crack at Group 1 racing.

“We’re not taking Tornado Valley to Sydney, so this guy might go up for the NSW Trotters’ Mile,” Gath said.

The Trotters’ Mile is part of the Miracle Mile card at Menangle on March 2.


A HORROR fall marred South Australia’s biggest meeting last night.

With a lap to go in the SA Pacing Derby, Hill’s drive Im Sir Blake hung badly, contacted Major Exclusive and caused a pile-up.

The race was abandoned.

The hugely successful Hill and Paul Cavallaro (driver of Culture King) were rushed to hospital.

Hill has a suspected broken leg, while Cavallaro broke his wrist and sustained severe lacerations.


VETERAN Yayas Hot Spot became the first horse into the $1 million Miracle Mile after a dramatic Newcastle Mile last Friday night.

A huge storm hit Newcastle in the minutes before the $100,000 Group 1 Newcastle Mile was due to be run, forcing stewards to delay it by an hour.

When it finally got underway, the defending champ and raging hot $1.55 favourite Majordan galloped out from gate three and took no part in the race.

His stablemate, Picard, pounced on the lead and dictated before burning through a 27.2sec split from the 800-400m and being nabbed late by Yayas Hot Spot along the inside and Little Rascal on his outside.

On a rain soaked the track, the mile was a slow 1min54.7sec with a 55.6sec last half.

The meeting was abandoned straight after the Mile.

The Shane and Lauren Tritton-trained Yayas Hot Spot was emergency and only a gained a start when Rakarolla was scratched.

Under the conditions of the race, his win gains him automatic entry to the Miracle Mile on March 2 and his not allowed to race again before it.

Controversy surrounded numerous conditions of the race and HRNSW CEO John Dumesny said they would all be reviewed for next year.


IT has only taken nine starts for former Kiwi pacer Buster Brady to earn almost $100,000.

And he’s giving rookie trainer-driver Kima Frenning the ride of a lifetime.

Buster Brady won his fifth race from just nine Aussie runs when he totally outclassed his rivals in last Friday night’s Echuca Cup.

It came just six days after his weird, stop-start sort of run when he savaged the line for fifth in last week’s Hunter Cup behind Tiger Tara.

Frenning summed-up the Echuca race superbly, quickly circling the field from a back row draw to find the lead and negating the tight, small track factor.

Buster Brady has quickly become Victoria’s Country Cups “King” with victories in the Geelong, Cobram and Echuca Cups along with a big fourth in the Ballarat Cup.


IT was a meeting of warm-ups for Sydney features at Melton last night.

Several big name pacers capped their preparations for Menangle raids with wins of solid hitouts.

Leading the charge were Emma Stewart’s trio of Poster Boy, Tell Me Tales and Fourbigmen.

Poster Boy showed why he is one of the major Chariots of Fire contenders when he did some early work to find the front and thrashed a handy field by 12m in a slick 1min54.7sec mile for 2240m.

He’s already a NSW Derby winner at Menangle and has looked terrific winning both runs this campaign.

Tell Me Tales made it 12 wins from her past 13 starts beating the boys in a 1min55.6sec mile rate for 2240m.

There’s no doubt she’s as good a chance as any in the upcoming Ladyship Mile.

Fourbigmen used gate two to lead and dictate terms on his way to a win over David Aiken’s NSW pair of hopefuls Malcolms Rhythm and Max Delight in a cosy 1min59.3sec mile rate for 2240m.


WA filly Typhoon Tiff is starting to look a bit special.

Trained and driven by Colin Brown, the daughter of Bettors Delight made it five wins (and two placings) from her seven starts with an easy win in the $50,000 Group 2 Daintys Daughter Classic at Gloucester Park last Friday.

She did lead and dictate, but ripped home in 56.9 and 28sec to win with plenty on reserve by 6.6m.

Asked how good she was, the veteran and conservative Brown said: “Put it this way, she’s well above average.”

Typhoon Tiff mile-rated 1min56.7sec for the 2130m.

The eye-catcher in the race was buzz Kiwi import Arma Indie at her first run for the Mike Reed stable.

She settled near last, made a big three-wide run around the field and kept coming right to the wire to finish second.

On the same card, Team Bond’s former star juvenile Mitch Maguire won the free-for-all with a big finish as a $26 with Nathan Turvey aboard.

Vultan Tin was the run of the race in second spot, beaten just a head after doing all the work outside the leader, Mr Mojito, who weakened late for fourth.


GREAT to see accomplished horseman Ross Payne back in Victoria.

The Kiwi has had long stints on both sides of the ditch, but is back helping Victorian trainer Vince Vallelonga with a team of horses.

“I’m really happy back here. Vince has got a good team of horses and I’m enjoying it,” Payne said.

Payne’s services are sure to be in demand as a driver at the trials and the races as well.


JUST two week’s after snaring the Group 1 Great Southern Star with Dance Craze, the Yabby Dams juggernaut landed another feature at Melton last night.

French-bred mare Destinee Jenilou jagged her biggest win by upsetting hot favourite Red Hot Tooth by a head in the Group 3 Trotting Mares’ free-for-all.

Trainer Anton Golino and Yabby Dams also grabbed third spot with the honest Pizza Queen.



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