What a wonderful day for our stud yesterday with no fewer than 5 of the winners at Elwick either by one of our stallions or born and reared at Armidale!
LOST ISLAND (HELIKE – ECHARPE) started the ball rolling with a convincing first up win in the Three Year Old Maiden over 1100m. Bred and sold by Armidale to astute trainer David Brunton, this filly looks like she may have the class to go on and win some bigger races. Co trainer Scott Brunton was quoted as saying “she’s going to be a serious racehorse when the penny drops….. we have a healthy opinion of the Helike’s and have another 3 by him at home”. Second in the race was another Armidale reared filly KNOT’S SISTER bred by Tim Debnam from his mare NO REFLECTION. This TOUGH SPEED filly was also having her first start and will no doubt benefit from the experience and looks set to break her maiden status very soon indeed.
The second race on the card at Elwick provided another win for Armidale – this time the four year old DERAILLEUR (by UMATILLA from HEY THAT’S MY BIKE) again trained by David and Scott Brunton. Bred and raced by well know breeder and owner Brett Williams this gelding was born and reared at Armidale Stud and continues the great run of success of progeny from HEY THAT’S MY BIKE.
SI VITE (SAVOIRE VIVRE – DON’T BABBLE) won the Class 1 over 1600m for Longford trainer Bill Ryan and continued the outstanding run of success the SAVOIRE VIVRE progeny are having at present. This season so far he has had 25 individual winners of 45 races and over $600,000 in prizemoney. RIALTO JOHN (SAVOIRE VIVRE – ALWAYS SLICK) made it a double for this successful sire winning over 1100m with Michael Guthrie in the saddle.
And to top off a great day BANCA MO (TOUGH SPEED – I GOTCHA BABE) careered away to win the Class 2 over 1100m again for Michael Guthrie and Team Brunton.
Congratulations to the Bruntons for training 6 winners – what a wonderful achievement.
The only sour note for the day was once again the track conditions – with parts of the track heavy enough to have the track downgraded from slow to heavy, and trainers and jockeys were complaining about the inconsistency in the track. This is a very poor reflection on the Tas Racing Board, particularly those responsible for the track. Not only does it make Tassie the laughing stock of the nation, it also discourages punters and owners and trainers.