Tara produces firsts and comeback wins
HORSE RACING: Victory in the Tara Cup on Saturday for Chilli Beach has continued the mare’s impressive recent form.
The victory makes it three out of the last four starts, and seventh in her career.
Trainer Kylie Geran said her team have considered retiring the horse in the past, but she continues to produce great results.
“Every time (owners) Corey (Geran) and Wayne (Lacy) think about sending her to stud, she keeps winning,” Geran told media on Saturday.
While it is unclear what the next move will be for Geran and her team, it is though Chilli Beach will now line-up for the Wondai Cup in Gympie in two weeks.
Performance of the day went to a Roma horse which has had little to no luck in recent months.
As the field turned the bend at Tara Racecourse in the last race on Saturday, the hopes of the nine-year-old gelding Campanology ($5) looked grim.
Last into the straight with a returning veteran jockey on his back, Campanology stormed past the field to take the win from Sanjay ($3) and Prince of Peace ($5) in third.
It was the first win for Campanology in almost a year-and-a-half, and it was also the first win for jockey Shannon Apthorpe since returning from an injury which kept him from racing for four months.
Roma training Craig Smith said it was a great win for both the jockey and the horse, and the fact they came from last to win made it more special.
“That is the first win for (Campanology) in 16 months, and this is only the fourth race I have had him for,” Smith said.
“I am very pleased with how he went today.
“He has run without luck in his last start so it was nice to see him get over the line and into the winners circle.
“It was also great for Shannon, he is a great jockey and this was his first win since coming back.”
Kapachino Miss ($5.50) won the opening race of the day in the maiden over 1000, beating pre-race favourite Rumba Laara ($1.80) by a length. Heza Chumley ($5) got a win in the second race.
❝ It was also great for Shannon, he is a great jockey and this was his first win since coming back. — Craig Smith
WINNER: Veteran jockey Shannon Apthorpe won the last race at Tara in Saturday, his first since returning from injury.