Aussie News - 6th May
By Adam Hamilton
IT’S almost a year since Dance Craze was a hard luck story at the Harness Jewels, but she’s had some fun back home since.
Anyone who thinks a Jewels trip could be detrimental to their horse only needs to look at her to see it’s been the opposite.
In 13 starts since the Jewels raid, Dance Craze has posted seven wins and four seconds.
The wins include Australia’s biggest trotting race, the Great Southern Star, and she added the Group 3 La Coocaracha at Menangle last night.
She’s won almost $250,000 since that Jewels trip.
Dance Craze looked the class act of the La Coocaracha back against her own sex and despite drawing the outside.
She sat back and blew them away late to win by an increasing 1.8m over stablemate Pizza Queen in a 1min55.6sec. Tim Butt’s emerging mare Sassy Pants did the work and ran a creditable third despite galloping across the line.
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INTER Dominion hero Tiger Tara is back in work and being set for the Queensland Winter Carnival.
Trainer Kevin Pizzuto gave the update after his emerging pacer Persimmon won the free-for-all in strong style at Menangle last night.
“He’s been back a week, so it’s still early, but Queensland is the plan with he and a few others,” Pizzuto said.
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“DID that just happen?”
Those were the magical words from Jocelyn Young after landing her first Group 1 driving win and causing a huge upset aboard Has No Fear in last Friday night’s $150,000 Group 1 WA Oaks at Gloucester Park.
The race was supposed to be dominated by boom Kiwi import Dracarys, especially after the late scratching of major rival Balcatherine, but produced one of the “roughest” trifectas in modern feature race history.
Nobody got the trifecta on the home TAB. Has No Fear was a $41 shot. The placegetters, Delightfulreaction ($101 the win) and Majorpride ($71 the win), paid $16.10 and $9.20 the place.
Justin Prentice trains Dracarys, but also Has No Fear and the third-placed Majorpride.
It was Young’s first Group 1 win and there were no shortage of well-wishers given Has No Fear is raced by the Pacing WA Syndicate, with many first-time owners to the sport.
“It’s the first horse we syndicated when we resurrected the syndicate,” Gloucester Park CEO Mick Radley said. “This is so awesome.”
That’s how Young felt.
“They went hard, which suited me and I thought I had them on the home bend. She finds when they come at her,” she said.
“This is absolutely a career highlight for me.”
Dracarys drew inside the back row, Gary Hall Jr quickly had her into the clear and, although she had to spend some petrol to whiz around the field and take the lead, it was a shock she was spent on the home bend.
She tired to finish sixth.
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EMMA Stewart has long felt Tell Me Tales could become Australia’s best mare.
She’s well on her way judging by an utterly dominant $30,000 Group 3 Make Mine Cullen at Melton last night.
Despite being three-wide early around the field from a back row draw, then sitting parked, Tell Me Tales won easily in a scorching 1min52.4sec mile rate for 1720m.
It was the first leg of Victoria’s mares’ triple crown and she is very clearly the one to beat in the main leg, the Group 1 Queen Of The Pacific on what we saw last night.
Steve Telfer’s Kiwi mare Our Step Up continued her fantastic Victorian form with a late-closing second, albeit being no match for the winner.
Tell Me Tales record is an impressive 25 starts for 18 wins, four placings and now over $300,000.
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THE bubble burst on buzz Victorian filly Sleepee in the $40,000 Group 2 NSW Trotters’ Oaks.
Sleepee headed into the race with five wins and a second from her six starts, grab the lead easily, dictated the terms and was still easily rundown by $26 outsider Royal Charlotte.
All credit to Victorians Paul and Kari Males who made the trip to Menangle with a roughie and snared the prize with the daughter of Majestic Son.
The other key runner, local Princess Kenny, galloped at the start and again on the home bend before finishing second-last.
The race lost some depth when another key runner, last year’s Redwood winner Emerald Stride, was scratched.
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ONE-TIME budding superstar Jilliby Kung Fu is still sidelined with injury, but a few others of the “clan” are still firing.
Marg Lee’s classy pair Jilliby Chevy and Jilliby Bandit both won at Melton last night.
Jilliby Chevy prevailed by a whisker in the $30,000 Group 3 Country Clubs Championship final in a 1min56.1sec mile rate for 2240m with Jason Lee aboard.
Two races later, Jason Lee took the reins on Jilliby Bandit for an all-the-way fast-class win in a 1min53.7sec mile rate for 1720m.