Tarara Jill finds feet for Bellman

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Ararat owned and trained five-year-old mare Tarara Jill led from bar­rier to post at Stawell on Thursday to bring up her sec­ond ca­reer vic­tory for trainer Ross Healy and fam­ily.

Driver Michael Bellman made the most of Tarara Jill’s usual smart get­away from the tapes to quickly over­come a 10-me­tre hand­i­cap and as­sume the front-run­ner’s role.

The field strung out early, with Tarara Jill at the head of af­fairs and an­other Ararat owned and trained mare Eyes From Heaven, Connor Ronan, on her tail.

It wasn’t un­til the 400-me­tre mark that the rest of the bunch fi­nally tacked on and the pro­ces­sion be­came a con­test.

At the top of the home stretch it was anyone’s race, but the Healy’s mare pulled out plenty to score by three metres in a rate of 2:07.4 for the 2180-me­tre jour­ney.

Tarara Jill is raced by Ross, in part­ner­ship with his wife Sue, their daugh­ter and ‘num­ber one strap­per’ Cherelle and son Dale. The square­gaiter is the re­sult of the mat­ing of their un­raced brood­mare Hick­ory Trick with for­mer Wim­mera star per­former Allawart Ray – 19 wins, 13 mi­nors and $70,000 stakes.

Dunn deal

The Dunn fam­ily of Hor­sham cel­e­brated the maiden vic­tory of their three-year-old geld­ing Gle­navril King in a $7000 pace at Terang.

The son of Courage Un­der Fire, NZ, and Lombo So­cialite had his fourth start in a race for owners Barry and Yvonne Dunn and got the judge’s nod in a tight fin­ish.

Given a heady drive by Aaron Dunn, the bay led out early from gate four be­fore hand­ing up to crowd fancy Re­ac­tor, Ja­son Lee, as they headed into the first bend.

The combo then en­joyed a sweet trip on the back of the leader and got the last shot up along the sprint lane to score by a half­head in a rate of 1:57.8 for the 1680-me­tre jour­ney. Gle­navril King is a grand­son of the classy race mare Lombo Rap­ida and will now con­test a $10,000 Fi­nal at Mel­ton on Satur­day night.

Messerati salutes

Hor­sham’s Tim Ni­hill shared in the joy of own­ing a win­ner when his nicely bred three-year-old geld­ing Messerati saluted the judge at Mary­bor­ough and took his record to three wins and nine mi­nor plac­ings from 20 starts.

Messerati is raced by a group of 10 owners and their fam­i­lies, all with links to the Mallee town­ship of Ouyen, and is trained at Mel­ton by Ma­ree and John Cal­dow.

Drawn gate six over the jour­ney of 2190 metres, Messerati was re­strained at the start by driver John Cal­dow.

Cal­dow eased his charge out three wide down the back straight on the fi­nal oc­ca­sion and the son of Art Ma­jor USA fin­ished the race off solidly with a fi­nal half in 56.5 sec­onds to score by six metres in 1:57.9. The Cal­dows bred Messerati from their smart race mare Mes­mer­iz­ing – 19 wins, 26 mi­nors and $179,277.

Win­ning com­bi­na­tion

Great West­ern reinswoman Ker­ryn Man­ning com­bined with her hus­band-trainer Grant Camp­bell to cap­ture a $7000 C0 con­test at Terang last week with lightly raced four-year-old mare Costly As­sas­sin.

The daugh­ter of Courage Un­der Fire, NZ, started a red-hot favourite at $1.10 af­ter the late scratch­ing of her fan­cied op­po­nent Mended and won like the bet­ting sug­gested, by 10 metres in a rate of 1:58.7 for the 1680-me­tre trip.

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