Drought breaker for Bungalally
Wimmera owner-trainer-driver Wayne Lane celebrated a drought-breaking victory when his six-year-old bay gelding Bungalally Boy scored an upset victory in a C1 Pace at Horsham Racing Centre.
Lane and co-owner Cindy Gutteridge had waited 26 months and 39 starts for a repeat of Bungalally Boy’s last win at Boort in March 2015, and were finally rewarded for their patience.
Lane seized the opportunity to take his charge around the field into the spot outside the leader when the tempo slackened mid race.
The move paid handsomely as ‘The Boy’ held the opposition at bay over the final stages to score by three metres in a rate of 2:00.6 for the 2200-metre journey. It was win number five from 63 starts for the son of Sutter Hanover USA and hopefully Lane and Gutteridge can enjoy another in the not-too-distant future.
Horsham owners Barry, Helen and Jeremy Bush also enjoyed success at the meeting when their seven-year-old gelding Saab Magic saluted in a C4-6 Pace after a heady drive from James Herbertson.
The young reinsman held the early lead from the pole in the 1700-metre dash but was happy to surrender the front-running spot to Tim Mclean and Spot On A Shadow with 1200 metres to travel.
Saab Magic travelled sweetly on the back of the leader until the final charge up the home straight when Herbertson took advantage of an inside run to spear to the lead and score by a half-neck in 1:55.6.
The Robinson family bred Saab Magic from the mating of former Western Australian iron-horse Saab with the moderately performed mare Imari Lombo. Unfortunately this was to be her only offspring as she died the following stud season.
Mt Gambier trainer Mal Whitehead has done a great job with Saab Magic since he produced the then three-yearold to score on debut at Hamilton back in January 2012.
Saab Magic’s record now stands at 74 starts for 10 wins, 22 minor placings and stakes of $52,293.
at the Horsham meeting went to Terang horseman Matty Craven with a training-driving treble.
The stable took out a two-year-old pace with the diminutive filly Fruitdrops, for a huge band of part-owners.
The daughter of Western Terror USA went out public elect at $1.60 on the strength of her promising debut when fourth at Hamilton and did not let her supporters down with an all-the-way, 10-metre victory.
Ellie Is A Bella was then successful in a C0 Pace. The four-year-old mare was making her first appearance at the racetrack since saluting in a threeyear-old contest at Globe Derby Park back in July 2016.
Craven bought the daughter of Shadow Play USA from back in the field with a long sustained run from the 600-metre mark to claim the prize in the shadows of the post.
It was ‘Ellie’s’ fourth win from just five starts for her owner-breeders Gary and Cheryl Lewis of Hamilton and it looks likely to go on to bigger and better things.
The lightly raced New Zealand bred gelding All Jokers Todaright made it three wins for the day for Craven in the $8000 C1 Pace over the sprint trip of 1700 metres.
The son of Washington VC USA was ultra impressive, working around the field from the second line during the first 500 metres of the contest to find the lead at the bell. A bit of a breather was followed with slick final quarters in 28.2 and 28.3 seconds and All Jokers Todaright forged clear to record a 14-metre victory in 1:55.0 neat.