Aussie News - 13 April
By Adam Hamilton
THE buzz just keeps building around WA’s new pin-up pacer Shockwave.
Ryan Bell’s four-year-old made it four wins from as many runs this campaign at Gloucester Park last Thursday night.
It came courtesy of a superb Aiden De Campo drive to somehow land the one-one trail from an outside of the front row draw.
In tactical affair, Shockwave hit the front on the home bend and had to dig deep to fend-off late challenges from Our Jimmy Johnstone and Golden State to score in a brisk 1min53.4sec mile rate for 1730m.
Bell’s long-range plan is the Sydney Inter Dominion at the end of the year.
The other open-class feature, the $40,000 Easter Cup, was won by tough veteran As Happy As Larry, who overcame a daunting 50m backmark and paced a strong 1min59.9sec mile rate for the 2902m trip.
It was also great to see Colin Brown’s star three-year-old filly of last season, Typhoon Tiff, resume with a win in strong mares’ company on the same card.
The daughter of Bettors Delight won the race when she showed enough gate speed to lead, then Brown dawdled through a 61.3sec middle half to give her key rivals no hope.
It was Typhoon Tiff’s first run since winning the Group 1 Westbred final last June and took her record to 12 runs for eight wins and two placings.
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PROMINENT Victorian trainer Mick Stanley thinks Drain The Swamp could actually benefit from the delay in major races because of Covid-19.
The raw son of Somebeachsomewhere looked a bit special winning his second outing by 19.4m and clocking a slick 1min55.5sec mile rate for 1720m at Melton last Thursday.
“On ability he’s up with the best babies we’ve got, but he’s one who will really appreciate it when the races get longer. He’s stronger than he is fast,” Stanley said.
“He’s still a bit green, too, but it was great to see him go on from a terrific first start to win as well as he did the other day.”
Drain The Swamp joins the likes of Soho Lanikai, Bar Room Banta and Soho Almasi as stunning juvenile winners for Stanley so far this season.
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VETERAN pacer Egodan won his first start for his seventh trainer at Melton last night (Saturday).
And just for good measure, his 23rd career win came at his 100th race start.
It was his first outing for trainer Emma Stewart are stints with Matty Craven, Kevin Pizzuto, Beau Tindale, Paul Fitzpatrick, Vince Vallelonga and Michael Doltoff.
The eight-year-old Sportswriter gelding, raced by popular owner Danny Zavitsanos, made the most of a lovely Greg Sugars drive in the one-one trail to snatch a half-neck win in a slick 1min54.3sec mile rate for 1720m.
It was Stewart quinella with Egodan nabbing the favourite and leader, Major Times.
Another impressive winner on the card was Anton Golino’s four-year-old trotter Always Ready, who made it eight wins from just 12 starts and zoomed clear to score by 26.4m.
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LAST season’s Australian 2YO Filly of the Year, Pelosi, has come back from injury in terrific style.
She just needs to work on her manners.
After an impressive first-up win, the brilliant daughter of American Ideal ran a monstrous second at Albion Park last night (Saturday).
She effectively threw-away the race by galloping out from the pole and did a superb job to get going again and finish a close second in a 1min53.8sec mile rate for 1660m.