Aussie News 31 December

By Adam Hamilton 

Miracle Mile hero My Field Marshal took just 100m to stamp his class in Western Australia.

Tim Butt’s stable star blasted out of gate five to lead and effectively end the race as a contest in the $50,000 Group 1 Village Kid Pace (1730m) at Gloucester Park last Friday night.

Once in front, Anthony Butt dictated terms with a cosy 30.3sec second split then dashed home in 56.3 and 28.1sec to win in cruise mode by 5.4m over a gallant Our Max Phactor, who sat parked at his first try in the big league.

My Field Marshal has looked fantastic winning both runs this campaign and Tim Butt is adamant it’s as good as he’s had the star pacer for more than a year.

“I really wanted to get this run into him around Gloucester Park before the big ones and it couldn’t have turned out better,” Butt said.

My Field Marshal posted a brisk 1min54sec mile rate.

Next stop is a showdown with Tiger Tara and others in the $300,000 Group 1 Fremantle Cup at Gloucester Park on January 11.

Tiger Tara won’t race before then and is booked on a flight from Melbourne to Perth on January 7.

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INTER DOMINION winner Tornado Valley returns to racing in the $50,000 Group 1 Aldebaran Park Maori Mile at Bendigo next Saturday night.

“We toyed with running at Melton this weekend because he’s done so well since the Inter Dominion, but opted to wait for Bendigo,” trainer Andy Gath said.

Tornado Valley, who has won 17 of his past 19 starts, is unbeaten in his four sprint races since joining Andy and Kate Gath’s stable.

Bendigo gives him the chance to raise the bar of his career-fastest 1min55.6sec mile rate winning the Noopy Kiosk free-for-all over 1720m at Melton back in July.

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KEVIN Pizzuto’s golden December continued with a win in the time-honoured Group 3 Inter City Pace final at Maitland on Saturday night.

Persimmon, a recent buy from Victoria by Pizzuto’s barn, dominated his rivals thanks to a brilliant, daring and aggressive drive by young star Chris Geary.

Persimmon, bred by Rob Watson and a half-brother to a star mare Soho Burning Love, settled well back after the start, but Geary won it with a dashing midrace loop around the field to take the front.

Despite the midrace burn, Persimmon found plenty to win by 4.8m in a 2min2.4sec mile rate for the long 2422m on the slow Maitland track.

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VICTORIA’S most-improved pacer Rackemup Tigerpie will get his shot at the big time.

Trainer-driver Mick Stanley confirmed next month’s $100,000 Group 1 Ballarat Cup was on the agenda after Rackemup Tigerpie brilliant won at Ballarat on Boxing Night.

The four-year-old blazed a 1min52.1sec mile rate for 1710m in the Lightning Sprint where star pacer Let It Ride sat parked and finished a distant third.

“It’s our home town Cup and he’s earned his shot at it,” Stanley said of the Ballarat Cup.

In five starts for Mick Stanley, Rackemup Tigerpie has roared through the grades with four wins and a big third in the Stawell Cup.

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NOT even a brutal heatwave was enough to take the gloss of a fantastic State of Origin initiative by Mildura last Friday.

Some of the sports biggest names braved as much as 46 degrees early in the night to contest he four-race series which Victoria won 132 points to South Australia’s 127.

The Victorian team was headed by Chris Alford and Kerryn Manning, while Kate Gath and Greg Sugars were the biggest names in Team SA.

Winning drivers through the races were: Darby McGuigan (Vic), Kerryn Manning (Vic), Danielle Hill (SA), Luke Watson (Vic).

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VETERAN WA trainer Colin Brown has two leading WA Derby contenders.

His classy juvenile of last season Its Rock And Roll has so far played second-fiddle to emerging stablemate Patrickthepiranha this season.

Patrickthepiranha made it five wins on end when he led and beat most of WA’s best three-year-olds, including Its Rock And Roll in second spot – at Gloucester Park last Friday night.

Buzz youngster Franco Edward sat back and made some ground from last in the small field and what was purely a sprint home to finish fourth.

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TROTTING powerhouse Yabby Dams snared the quinella in the Group 3 Freestone Trotters’ Cup at Melton last night, but not in the order punters hoped.

Stable star Dance Craze, the $1.60 favourite, stormed home late but failed by a nose to nab stablemate Pizza Queen, who trailed the leader Kingdom Come and sprint-laned to the biggesrt win of her career.

It was another feature win for the flying Swedish driver Kima Frenning, who later completed a double winning aboard Emma Stewart’s star pacing mare Delight Me.

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