Aussie News - 18th March
By Adam Hamilton
A LIFE ban and possible criminal charges await a lunatic who threw his shoe at the field in the feature race at Gloucester Park last Friday night.
As the runners in the $50,000 Group 2 Sales’ Classic neared the winning post with a lap to go, a young man threw a shoe at the leader, Shockwave, but miraculously the field was not disrupted.
It could so easily have caused a fall and harm to horses and drivers.
Gloucester Park Operations Manager Tony Williamson said two shoes were throw onto the track and one hit the sulky of a horse.
“We called the police, they’ve taken their details and they are fairly well know young guys here in Perth who play footy. The stewards are taking it from here,” he said.
“One of the young men will be banned. What he did was ridiculous and dangerous.”
The race was won by emerging star Patrickthepiranha, who had a lovely sit on a hot speed and just scored by a head.
It wasn’t the only big three-year-old race on the night. The other saw Gary Hall Sr’s pair Eloquent Mach just stave-off boom Kiwi import Major Trojan by a nose in a 1min55.5sec mile rate for 2130m. They both look serious WA Derby players.
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GARY Hall Sr can’t hide his excitement,
Not only is his sidelined champion Chicago Bull back in work, but the hopples went on this week.
“So far so good. He’s back quicker than we thought, but it was a guess. They hadn’t seem injuries like his,” he said.
“You don’t get many like this guy and his season came to an end so abruptly. It’s great to have him back.
“There’s no rush from here. Just a long, steady build-up to get his fitness and confidence then back to races.”
Chicago Bull had a freakish reaction to an injection, flipped and badly damaged his back the day after an Alexandra Park win took him into NZ Cup favourite last October.
Chicago Bull’s arch-rival, Soho Tribeca, is also back in rehab work, but a long way off racing.
“He looks great, but has just started some slow pace work. Hopefully he makes it back when he’s ready,” trainer-driver Mick Stanley said.
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INTERESTING to see Golden Nugget winner and highly-rated former Kiwi pacer Ana Malak switch stables, albeit briefly.
The young star won the Nugget for Greg and Skye Bond, but is back in work with Dean Braun for a campaign.
“It’s just for this campaign to see what he can do over there,” Bond said. “He’s a free-for-all horse now in Perth or just a M2/C7 in Victoria so there’s more opportunities for him over there.”
Ana Malak finished a soft third in a Geelong trial on March 4, indicating he was still a way away from racing.
The entire has raced just nine times for seven wins, two placings and $237,499.
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FORMER classy Kiwi pacer Cash N Flow is gradually finding his mojo for the Craig Cross/McCarthy team.
The six-year-old former All Stars’ gelding made the most of a lovely Luke McCarthy drive to win the Menangle free-for-all in a slick 1min53.9sec mile rate for 2300m last Friday night.
Cash N Flow worked to the front, but McCarthy was content to take a sit on his brother, Todd, aboard race favourite Majordan.
Cash N Flow then took an inside run to score by 2.7m over the talented Ellmers Image with Majordan another five metres away in third spot.
Menangle’s other feature, the $50,000 Group 2 Tatlow 2YO, produced a stirring finish with favourite Mistery Road, a son of Mr Feelgood, snatching a half-head win over Krafty Bart in a 1min54.4sec mile.
Mistery Road’s driver Anthony Frisby teamed with much-improved mare Major Occasion for arguably the win of the night in race three.
The four-year-old ran right up to her huge second to Our Dream About Me in the Group 1 Ladyship Mile when she did all the worked and won in a 1min50.6sec mile last Friday.
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THE good babies are starting to emerge in Australia.
At Bendigo last Thursday, Marg Lee unleashed nicely-bred colt Jilliby Nitro, a daughter of Bettors Delight out of Safely Kept mare Kiewa Valley.
Kiewa Valley, a winner of seven races, has just the one foal to race, Rockmemama (21 starts, seven wins and $148,860), including the NSW Breeders Challenge 3YO fillies’ final.
Off the back of a sharp Geelong trial win, Jilliby Nitro packed too much speed for his rivals to win by 2.2m in a 1min56.2sec mile rate for 1650m.
At Horsham last Monday, Emma Stewart unleashed her highly-rated colt Be Happy Mach for an impressive win from off the speed.
Chris Alford had to dodge traffic and come deep in the last lap, but Be Happy Mach still clocked a private 56.2sec last half out deep to win by 3.4m in a 1min57.5sec mile rate for 1700m.
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STILL on babies and I’m honoured to have a superbly-bred one named after me having its first run at Terang on Tuesday.
Soho Hamilton, a brother to Soho Tribeca and half to Carlas Pixel and Soho Nolita, is trained and driven by Mick Stanley and owned and bred by Rob Watson.
“Hopefully he does you proud,” Stanley said. “His stable name is Adam. He’s showing plenty of talent, but I can’t help but think whatever he does this year he’ll be a better three-year-old.”
Watson said: “Mate we only name the good ones after good people. I think this bloke goes nearly as good as you.”
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AUSTRALIA has so many iconic country cups and Broken Hill’s version is certainly one of them.
About as remote a venue as you can get, a big crowd packed Broken Hill and watched respected SA horseman Greg Norman’s gelding The Deal thrash his rivals in the $14,000 feature last Friday night.