Aussie News - 24th June
By Adam Hamilton
THE reshaping of Queensland’s Winter Carnival gave the unique Redcliffe track it’s biggest night ever.
And the triangle-shaped track – unique because it has three straights – delivered with stellar racing across a string of feature races.
First out was the state’s glamour filly Smart As Camm Be, who looked a class above her rivals and delivered with the softest of wins in the Redcliffe Oaks. Life will get much harder when she meets Princess Tiffany in coming weeks.
The Sonya Smith and Anthony Butt team produced former Kiwi pacer Make Way to powerhouse Redcliffe Derby win after sitting parked and beating favourite Dazzle Me, trained by Barry Lew of Karloo Mick fame.
The biggest race of the night, the $50,700 Group 2 Redcliffe Cup, was the most popular result of the night with hard-working Lola Weidemann driving Clintal Do to win for trainer Richard March.
“That’s my first Redcliffe Cup win, it means the world,” Weidemann said.
Clintal Do came from behind the leader to nab former Kiwi Group 1 star Ohoka Punter and win by a nose with the emerging Franco Toten third.
Ohoka Punter’s trainer-driver Grant Dixon only had wait for the next race, the $100,760 Garrards Redcliffe Yearling Sales final, for compensation when he landed a one-two blow with hot favourite Governor Art beating Signor Jujon..
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CHARIOTS Of Fire winner Poster Boy is recovering from a bout of pneumonia which sent a huge scare through his camp.
Owner-breeder Bill Anderson spoke of the relief when being told it was no longer life threatening by late Friday.
“His temperature 42C when he arrived (at the Ballarat clinic) and it’s now back down to 37.5C … it’s past being life threatening now and his racing career looks pretty stable,” he said.
Trainer Emma Stewart said she knew something wasn’t right with Poster Boy during the week.
“He didn’t pull-up right after his fast work this week, so we had a couple of vet checks and he ended-up getting really sick. He’s out at Ballarat Veterinary Clinic and has pneumonia,” she said,. “Fingers crossed he recovers well.”
Poster Boy was prepost favourite for his Vicbred 4YO entires and geldings final, but fans knew something was amiss when he was scratched from his qualifying heat at Ballarat last Friday night.
The regally-bred entire is one of Australia’s most exciting pacers with 19 wins from just 27 starts and almost $800,000 in earnings.
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EMMA Stewart’s training dominance of the rich Vicbred series has been long established.
But she’s raised the bar again this year
Stewart won all seven Vicbred qualifying heats for juvenile pacers at Bendigo last Tuesday night.
The star performers were colts or geldings Miragon, Pandering and Beale Street, while the standout fillies were Treasure and Maajida.
Then, at Kilmore last Thursday, Stewart won five of eight of the three-year-old pacing heats.
The highlight of a stellar night was when Stewart’s emerging Demon Delight sat parked and beat glamour stablemates Centenario (who led) and Hurricane Harley (who had the one-one trail) in a stunning display.
Demon Delight ripped home in 54.3 and 27.4sec to win by 1.6m over Hurricane Harley with another 3.3m away in third spot to Centenario, who Stewart said needed the run.
By far the most impressive filly was Stewart’s Kualoa, who toyed with her rivals by 20.6m in a 1min56.8sec mile rate for 2180m.
The theme continued at Ballarat last Friday night where Stewart won four of seven heats run for four-year-old pacers, including pint-sized mare Pistol Abbey.
Mick Stanley’s Soho Burning Love brilliantly won her heat and looks hardest for Pistol Abbey to beat in the final.
Another of Stanley’s stars, Rackemup Tigerpie, was narrowly beaten in his heat, but the run was monstrous after sitting parked in blazing times when main danger Higherthananeagle overraced badly in front and dropped out to run last.
A superb Kerryn Manning drive gave Three Summas the right trip to snatch a half-head win over Rackemup Tigerpie in a slick 1min55.8sec mile rate for the 2200m.
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EMMA Stewart’s dominance extended beyond her amazing Vicbred series deeds last week.
Stewart stole the show at Victoria’s headquarters, Melton, last night (Saturday) with three wins, including the mare’s feature, the Group 3 Richmond Lass with the outstanding Tell Me Tales in a blistering 1min51.9sec mile rate for 1720m.
She also won the fast-class race with recent stable addition Code Black, while another of her team, the lightly-raced Phoenix Prince, was one of the best wins of the night in a 1min52.1sec mile rate for 1720m.
Throw into the mix Stewart’s three year-old Hardhitter winning a Breeders Challenge semi at Menangle and it’s surely the best week the stable has had for quantity of wins that matter.
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VETERAN WA horseman Colin Brown has been best known for his driving success, but he had a night to treasure as trainer at Gloucester Park last Friday.
Brown’s two young stable stars – Patrickthepiranha and Typhoon Tiff – won their respective $100,000 Group 1 Westbred finals.
Patrickthepiranha was first-out and he used gate three to lead for driver Dylan Egerton-Green and toy with his rivals for a nine-metre win in a 1min55.4sec mile rate for 2130m.
Bettors Delight filly Typhoon Tiff also drew well and led, but Brown took the reins himself for a soft 5.1m win in a 1min56.8sec mile rate for 2130m.