Tarara Jill finds feet for Bellman
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.
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.
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.
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.