Day At The Track

Brookwillrock claims Devonport Belmont

03:56 AM 12 May 2019 NZST
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Over the years the mare Gallavance has developed into the matriarch of the Stowport stable of Craig Hayes.

The latest of her progeny to hit the track Brookwillrock (pictured – No 1 inside) won on debut at Devonport on Friday in the CUB Devonport Belmont.

“I was happy with the effort any win is a good win, she still has a lot to learn about the caper, that’s why she had six trials before last night’s debut run, she is just running along in her races at the moment she’s not racing, she’s always shown us she has the ability but she still needs to learn to race and she appears to be a slow learner,” said Craig.

“We are going to give her a little break and see how she comes through the run and if all goes well and she continues to work well at home we will consider giving her a hit out in the Sweepstakes and Evicus in Hobart.”

Craig has a soft spot for his broodmare Gallavance and with good cause.

“She has been awesome for us over the years, she helped establish the stable and has continued to produce for us year on year,” said Hayes.

“Mister Tehaych was the best-performed of her progeny he won over $100,000 in prizemoney for us while Mister Sumna had the most ability but we never got to see the best of him due to a stifle injury he incurred as a two-year-old but he still won 11 races and $72,000, she has also thrown Tania Maree and Semose Twenty and both won over $40,000.”

Ryley Major showed his undoubted ability to come from last over the 1930-metre in the Degree C Quality and storm to victory over Alta Surreal and Blackbird Power, notching up his 14th career win and his fourth from six starts since returning from injury.

 

Shane Yates

 

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