Drought breaker for Bun­galally

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY TONY LOGAN

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.

Magic vic­tory

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.

Hon­ours

Terang tre­ble

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.

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