Mil­dura re­ward

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The long road trip north to Mil­dura on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon reaped re­wards for Horsham fa­ther-son train­ing team Barry and Aaron Dunn when Al­ways On strolled to vic­tory in a three-year-old pace.

The gelded son of Al­ways A Vir­gin, USA, led from go to whoa in the 1790-me­tre con­test, dash­ing home in 58.6 sec­onds off a soft mid-race tempo to score by 13 me­tres in a rate of 1:59.6.

The ease of Al­ways On’s vic­tory was in com­plete con­trast to his last­start suc­cess at Stawell when he put in a big stride in the shad­ows of the post to get the judge’s nod by the barest of mar­gins.

Aaron bred Al­ways On from the Panorama, USA, mare Re­gards. She was a mod­er­ate per­former on the race­track with just one vic­tory to her credit from 38 starts un­der three dif­fer­ent train­ers.

Re­gards re­tired from rac­ing and was later pur­chased in foal to Aces N Sev­ens, USA, at an Alabar brood­mare dis­per­sal sale.

“Dad was head­ing over and asked me if I wanted to buy a mare. He came home with Re­gards in foal and I gave him the cheque,” Aaron said.

The re­sult­ing filly foal later raced as Seven Di­a­monds.

Like her mum she won a race at Ararat be­fore head­ing to Tas­ma­nia where she won another six races be­fore be­ing re­tired to the breed­ing barn. The next of Re­gards’ prog­eny was Mod­ern Mcken­zie, which was a two-time win­ner for Team Dunn. Then came Wipe The Smile, six wins, No­howto­fol­dem, one win, and Re­gard­less, win­ner of four races from six starts to date.

Charl­ton suc­cess

Charl­ton trainer Leon Fan­ning also en­joyed suc­cess at last week’s Mil­dura meet­ing with his con­sis­tent sixyear-old mare Gol­lah­girl, win­ner of a C3-5 Pace with Peter San­der­son in the sulky.

Gol­lah­girl took ad­van­tage of the pole draw and led all the way over the 2190-me­tre jour­ney to score by six me­tres in a rate of two min­utes dead.

Fan­ning has done a mar­vel­lous job to get Gol­lah­girl into the win­ners cir­cle at just her third run back from a 15-month lay­off.

The mare won five races with for­mer trainer Brian Sylvia be­fore join­ing the Fan­ning camp and from 24 ca­reer starts is now a six-time win­ner – all on her favourite track at Mil­dura.

Fan­ning has also taken over the train­ing of her older half-brother of Gol­lah­man, which has two re­cent runs un­der the belt af­ter an 11-month break from rac­ing.

The eight-year-old geld­ing has 11 wins and 21 mi­nors on the board from 66 starts for his owner, the Gads­den Farms Group.

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