GAVIN Lang’s return to training a couple of years back has been a fantastic success story.
And lightly-raced pacing-bred trotting mare Pantzup is one of the great examples.
Pantzup spent two seasons racing as a pacing filly before having a year off, switching to Lang and returning as a trotter.
It’s been a great story with the daughter of Always a Virgin having 14 starts as a trotter for 10 wins.
This season she’s won eight of her nine runs and reached Group 1 status winning last night’s $50,000 Lyn McPherson Breed for Speed Gold final (1720m) at Melton.
She flew too, posting a 1min56.7sec mile rate.
The most impressive winning on Breed for Speed night at Melton was Emma Stewart’s untapped trotting colt Alpha Male in the $60,000 Need for Speed final.
The first trotter she’s trained, Alpha Male oozes raw talent and put it all together courtesy of a composed Chris Alford drive to win by 35m in a 1min56.9sec mile rate for 1720m.
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TRAINER Kevin Pizzuto credited a driver change for star pacer Majordan’s return to peak form at Menangle last night.
It’s been a rollercoaster two month’s for Majordan, who ultimately galloped himself out of Miracle Mile contention.
A frustrated Pizzuto swung the change and put Luke McCarthy onboard last night and it worked with Majordan producing arguably the best performance of his career.
The speedy six-year-old sat parked and still won easily in a 1min50.2sec mile.
Longer term, Pizzuto thinks Majordan, who is owned by New York-based Marc Hanover and Gordon Banks, will make a fantastic horse in the US.
The other Menangle feature produced an upset when Mark Jones’ Kiwi filly Lulu Le Mans had the run of the race but was rundown in the $50,000 Group 2 Pink Bonnet for 2YO fillies.
It was KerryAnn Turner’s $21 outsider Eye Can Run, driven by her husband Robbie Morris, who finished too strongly to win in a 1min54.2sec mile.
Turner was out of town, at Albion Park to be precise, where she enjoyed plenty of success and finished second to local Narissa McMullen in the Australian Female Drivers’ Championship.
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YOU have to think former Kiwi Buster Brady has what it takes to win a really serious race in Australia.
In a fairly short first Aussie campaign, the six-year-old has created quite a stir for fledgling trainer-driver Kima Frenning.
Buster Brady jagged another country cup win when he thrashed a handy field by 19m in a scorching 1min55.4sec mile rate for 2690m in the $30,000 Maryborough Gold Cup last Friday.
He’s raced 12 times for Frenning for six wins and also finished fourth in a Ballarat Cup and fifth in a Hunter Cup.
Buster Brady’s other major wins have come in the Geelong, Echuca and Cobram Cups.
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HIGH-PRICED Kiwi import Major Trojan turned heads albeit in defeat at his first WA run for Gary Hall Sr.
He stormed home from a mile back in a leader dominated race (last half 55.5, quarter 27.8) to finish just a neck behind stablemate Eloquent Mach.
The run showed Major Trojan should be a key player in the upcoming WA Derby.
Earlier in the night, Trevor Casey’s former Kiwi filly Dracarys continued her fantastic WA form with a dominant win.
Dracarys record in WA with Justin Prentice is nine starts for six wins and two seconds.
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VICTORIAN raider Major Exclusive was simply too fast for a small field in a farcically run $30,000 SA Derby last night.
The Art Major colt made it five wins on end for trainer Ted Caruana and despite looking a few lengths of the best of his age, should enjoy a good career.