Aussie News - December 24 2018

by Adam Hamilton

TOUGH love time starts for Let It Ride at Ballarat on Wednesday night.

Trainer Tim Butt thinks the emerging star needs some hard racing and has mapped it out over the next six weeks.

It starts with a race he should be simply too classy for his six rivals in, the $20,000 Lightning Sprint (1710m) at Ballarat on Boxing Night.

“I think he just needs more racing and regularly to get back to the form he showed winning the Blacks A Fake in Queensland during Winter,” Butt said.

“He can get more suitable racing every week in Victoria, so we left him down there.

“There are three or four suitable races for him before the Ballarat and Hunter Cups.”

Miracle Mile-winning stablemate My Field Marshal has settled well in Perth and opens his Gloucester Park campaign in Friday night’s $50,000 Group 2 Village Kid ahead of the $300,000 Group 1 Fremantle Cup (January 11) and $450,000 Group 1 WA Pacing Cup (January 18).

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TEAM Bond bounced-back from Inter Dominion disappointment to again dominate Gloucester Park last Friday night.

Their Inter Dominion pacing finalists Galactic Star struck early trouble, galloped and did a superb job to recover and finish midfield.

He showed he will be a major player in next month’s home state double, the Fremantle and WA Pacing Cups.

Team Bond snared a treble at Gloucester Park last Friday, including the feature $50,000 Christmas Gift final with exciting former Kiwi gelding Saying Grace.

The son of American Ideal made it six wins from nine WA starts when he used gate two to lead and control the race before dashing home in 56.0 and 27.7sec to beat a brave Gotta Go Gabbana with Walkinshaw third in a 1min56.7sec mile rate for 2130m.

“He’s a nice horse and we love the American Ideal breed. Outside of Bettor's Delight, we love buying the American Ideal’s,” Greg Bond said.

Team Bond’s other wins came with classy four-year-old Bettor Aim and emerging open-class player Our Max Phactor.

Our Max Phactor has been a revelation in WA where he’s raced 13 times for 12 wins and a close second. He also looks headed for the Fremantle and WA Cups.

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THE one domain where rival trainers were safe from the rampaging Emma Stewart stable is now gone.

Stewart and co-trainer Clayton Tonkin recently spread their wings into trotters and last night they snared a Group 1 victory with the immensely exciting Alpha Male.

It was their first Group 1 trotting win.

Alpha Male had galloped and lost huge amounts of ground when second and third respectively at his first two runs, but did everything right when it mattered in last night’s $50,000 Group 1 Vicbred Home Grown Classic final.

Driver Chris Alford let him start about 10m behind the bulk of the field on the mobile, covered plenty of extra ground to avoid traffic and powered home by 22.6m in a slick 1min57.7sec mile rate for 1720m.

“He’s really well bred and we’ve loved him since day one, but he’s still got a lot to learn. He’s got so much talent,” Tonkin said.

Alpha Male is by Majestic Son out of Aleppo Midas, who won 16 races and almost $150,000.

It was a huge night for Majestic Son, who is revolutionising the trotting bred in Australia.

He also sired three-year-old filly Fremarkspoetry, who made it three wins from as many starts for trainer Courtney Slater in her Group 1 Home Grown final.

Fremarkspoetry trotted the 1720m in a sizzling 1min56.8sec winning by 9.8m.

The other notable Melton winner was Andy and Kate Gath’s emerging gelding Beach Surge, who stayed parked and roared away to win by 4.2m in a slick 1min53.1sec mile rate for 1720m.

The sprinting specialist, who has won 11 of his 25 starts, has the potential to win a serious race over the short trip.

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THE internationalisation of Down Under trotting was on full show in the Group 3 Maryborough Trotters’ Cup last Friday.

The visionary Pat Driscoll and his Yabby Dams operation snared the quinella with a pair of French-bred trotters, Destinee Jenilou (Singalo-Pirogue Jenilou) and Egee Money (Love You-Return Money).

Both are prepared by Driscoll’s private trainer, Anton Golino.

They beat tough former star Kiwi trotting juvenile King Denny in a 2min3.2sec mile rate for the 2690m standing-start handicap.

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SOUTH Australian harness has found the pin-up pacer it so badly needs.

It’s no secret the industry is really battling and things got even worse last week when the State Government and racing industry announced more stakemoney cuts.

So loveable SA country pacer Emain Macha provided some joy by snaring yet another feature win in the Christmas Cup at Globe Derby last night.

The Greg Scholefield’s five-year-old is a winning machine, having posted 22 wins (and eight placings) from just 35 starts.

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RACING made it’s annual return to the old-school, tight Maitland track for the time-honoured Inner City Pace heats last night.

And it was great to see some big names in NSW supporting it, including Inter Dominion-winning trainer Kevin Pizzuto, who won a heat of the Inner City Pace with Persimmon.

Persimmon led for driver Chris Geary and stamped himself as a major player for the final with a 20.3m win in a 2min1.6sec mile rate for 2422m.

Just minutes later, Persimmon’s half-sister Soho Burning Love (out of Soho Bordeaux), brilliantly won the Blossom Lady for mares’ at Melton.

The other Inner City heat winners were: Pocket Of Terror in 2min1.9sec; Benelong Valley in 2min1.9sec and Ashark in 2min1.8sec.

The $30,000 Group 3 final is next Saturday night.

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