Hunter bullish on Brows­ing

Albany Advertiser - - SPORT - Cameron New­bold

Brows­ing an­nounced him­self in the Great South­ern with a blis­ter­ing first-up per­for­mance for trainer Paul Hunter, the four-year-old mak­ing light work of her ri­vals at the open­ing meet­ing of the sea­son at Mt Barker Turf Club on Sun­day.

The for­mer Dar­ren McAuliffe gal­loper has been with Hunter for three months but pro­duced a slash­ing 2¼-length vic­tory in the Mt Barker Ho­tel Maiden (1000m), sitting out­side early leader Ibiza be­fore rock­et­ing home for rider Mitchell Pate­man to com­fort­ably de­feat Our Mate Boots.

In five ca­reer starts for McAuliffe, Brows­ing com­peted in Satur­day-class three-year-old races where she fin­ished be­hind smart types Rockon Tommy and Neck­let and Hunter was bullish about her prospects.

“She came down and had a spell and then we’ve brought her back,” he said.

“They went pretty quick and she hit the line good which was im­pres­sive.

“I think she can get a bit fur­ther, hope­fully 1200m and I don’t think she has to be on speed all the time.

“Hope­fully she can go on with it, that’s the test now.”

Fel­low Al­bany train­ers Peter West­ern, Steve Wolfe and Des At­twell also tasted suc­cess on an even day of rac­ing to kick off the 20meet Great South­ern cal­en­dar.

West­ern’s con­sis­tent geld­ing Lord Kronos lumped 60kg first-up to chalk up a fifth win in 20 ca­reer starts af­ter com­ing from 10th on the turn to win the Michelle, Ivy, Harry & Ross Par­sons Memo­rial Hand­i­cap (1300m).

“I’m rapt with that, I thought he’d go OK first-up,” West­ern said.

“First-up with 60kg is a big ef­fort, he’s so con­sis­tent I just wish he was a bit big­ger.”

Last sea­son’s lead­ing trainer Wolfe kicked off his lo­cal tally with three-year-old maiden Trig­ger­fish who held off Shez­ab­u­too by a short half-head in a thrilling fin­ish to the Bruce Wil­liamson Memo­rial Maiden (1200m). Lo­cal jockey Natasha Faith­full guided Long Knife Brother to vic­tory in the first race on the card for At­twell.

Jockey Mitchell Pate­man brings the Paul Hunter-trained Brows­ing back to scale af­ter win­ning first-up.

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