Gavenlock’s first city winner is no Plonka
COFFS Harbour trainer Warren Gavenlock prepared his first city winner with Country Championships hopeful Plonka.
“I’ve been training on and off for 15 years and I’ve had a few placings down here but this is my first city winner,’’ Gavenlock said after yesterday’s 1200m TAB Highway at Rosehill Gardens. “He’s a nice horse, too.’’ It was Plonka’s third win from seven starts.
Well-ridden by Jason Collett, Plonka ($6 equal favourite) dashed clear to win by 1½ lengths from Gumshoe ($8) with Zardoro ($6.50) a close third after he bungled the start.
Acquittal ($6 eq fav) got into an awkward spot back in the field and was doing his best work on the line to run sixth.
Collett described Plonka as a progressive horse.
“It was a really good performance,’’ he said.
“He landed in the perfect spot then, when we got into clear air, he put them away easily.’’
Gavenlock said he is likely to give Plonka a spell and probably aim the sprinter at the rich Country Championships series next autumn.
Gumshoe made a determined run out wide but Samantha Clenton said her mount had every chance. Zardoro was back last on settling and didn’t have the best of runs in transit, eventually working his way out wide to find clear galloping room in the straight and finishing strongly just inside Gumshoe.
Jockey Tommy Berry said Zardoro ran well again and suggested that the gelding would be better suited over further, where he could settle closer to the lead.
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