Aussie News - 15 July

By Adam Hamilton

SUPERSTAR pacer Soho Tribeca’s comeback is set for a restart.

It started with mystifying first-up flop at Melton on June 15 when he pulled-up distressed after effectively being retired from the race. He was later found to have had a bad infection.

It was his first run since breaking a leg in last year’s Sunshine Sprint at Albion Park – almost a year earlier.

“The run is the only hiccup he’s had on the comeback trail,” owner Rob Watson said. “He’s been great at home for Mick (Stanley, trainer-driver) since.

“Last Saturday, he worked the best he has since coming back from the leg.

“He’s going to trial at Melton next week and, all going well, we’ll look for a race after that.”

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TIM Butt thinks he’s got a serious open-class trotter in the making with Majestic Courtney.

The four-year-old continued his fantastic Brisbane raid with a win in the $50,900 Group 1 Queensland Trotters’ Cup at Albion Park last night.

The four-year-old is unbeaten in four Albion Park runs for the trip.

It was vintage Anthony Butt in the sulky, saving ground, not panicking when held-up for a run and finding the shortest way home to win by 1.2m in a slick 2min0.5sec mile rate for the long 2647m standing-start.

“Tim’s always liked this horse. He thinks he’s a nice open-class trotter in the making,” Anthony Butt said.

Majestic Courtney gave the Butt brothers a double with former Kiwi pacer Prestonpans winning the opening race.

“He’s still learning, but has plenty of ability. He’ll go to the 4YO race next week,” Anthony Butt said.

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THERE’S no doubt Tell Me Tales is as good a mare as there is in Australia.

Emma Stewart’s dropped back to racing her own sex and won with dominance in the Group 3 Jane Ellen at Melton last night. She went 1min55.5sec mile rate for 2240m and was simply too good for stablemate Berisari.

Tell Me Tales took on the boys at her previous run, but effectively lost her chance with an outside draw when seventh to Majordan in the Group 1 Len Smith Mile.

The daughter of Tell All boasts an imposing record of 30 starts for 20 wins and five placings.

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THE barrier draw helped Kristy Elson snare her biggest training win in the $125,000 Group 1 Golden Slipper at Gloucester Park last night.

Nathan Turvey drive her colt Jaspervellabeach, who burrowed through to hold the lead from the pole and then dictated the terms in front.

Justin Prentice’s Major Martina sprouted wings from a mile back and just missed by a head in a 1min58.4sec mile rate for 2130m.

On the same night, budding open-class star Vampiro returned to racing with a win.

Greg and Skye Bond’s five-year-old led throughout and just did enough to beat stablemates Our Jimmy Johnstone and Mighty Santana.

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THERE is nowhere to hide for the juveniles at Menangle.

Take Chasing The Wind as an example.

The Amanda Turnbull trained-and-driven gelding won on debut and paced a blazing 1min53.5sec mile in the $50,000 True Blue final at Menangle last night.

Chasing The Wind is a son of the former All Stars’s juvenile Fly Like An Eagle out of Life Sign mare Life Of Elinka.

The other eye-catching Menangle winner was Im Bruce Almighty, who burned off the gate from barrier seven to lead in a slick 26.1sec opening quarter, but kept going to win by 10.4m in a 1min51.3sec mile in the True Blue 3YO colts and geldings final.

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